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When being in the shade trumps illegality
On Thursday, late afternoon, I went to the Hilton Hotel to meet up with a friend.
As I was entering the hotel - from the Makarios Avenue entrance - I saw two buses parked just outside the entrance. This is something that occurs almost every time there is a European football match in the capital.
The two buses were clearly obstructing the view for anyone who wanted to exit the hotel from the exit/entrance (see photo).
As I parked my car I noticed at least 6-8 policemen huddled together in the shade. I walked up to them and told them about the danger and illegality of the parked buses. The officer in charge replied, ‘Where else can they park. There is no other space.’
I told him that the upper level parking was practically empty and that the buses could be parked there, and in any case even if there was no other parking did that give them the right to be parked illegally.
The same officer told me that they were parked perfectly legally and that the double yellow lines there belonged to the hotel and thus I should take up my concerns with them as it was not under their jurisdiction.
The least the police could have done was to send one of the eight policemen ‘on duty’ there to help with all the people exiting the hotel. For the time I was there no policeman moved from the shade.