A significant number of villagers are angry not only with the Roma, but also against Mayor George Kotronias because he ordered the closure of the camp north of Lamia, known locally as Xireas. About 200 Roma families had been living at this abandoned campsite, some for over three decades. When they were kicked out, many of these families went to find relatives or friends who had bought houses at the outskirts of Anthili. About twenty families had been able to buy these houses a decade ago due to subsidies provided at the time by the European Union.