Ermou Street is one of the mean shopping streets in Athens. Most of the shops located on the street are western shops, and some local Greek clothing stores. The street is also very important because it one of the streets that leads up to the Greek parliament. Due to this fact the street is swarming with riot police. The police according to locals, are just there to make tourist feel safe. But they are also there to keep an eye on protest, or riots that may break out. In the last couple of years Athens has being rocked by protest due to weak economy.