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Police bans protests, closes central metro station all day due to Erdogan visit

Greek police has banned all demonstrations and rallies in central Athens and along the route from and to airport on Thursday and Friday, December 7 and 8 2017 as part of the tight security measures due to the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Greece.

The ban is effective from 6: am on Thursday until 12:00 noon Friday, when Erdogan will conclude his visit to Athens.

Metro station <Syntagma> will be closed all day Thursday. Metro train will pass through but will not halt.

According to amna, the no-go area for protesters includes Syntagma, Kolonaki, Lycabettus, Monastiraki, Acropolis, Koukaki, Pangrati and Neos Kosmos, as well as the zone along Katechaki Avenue, and the route from and to the airport.

Despite the announcements, two rallies are planned for Thursday to protest against the Turkish president’s visit: One by Kurds living in Greece who will gather in Omonia at 15:00 and one organized by the Committee for Political Prisoners in Turkey which will include leftist and anarchist groups like “Rouvikonas”. The latter is scheduled at 18:00 in Propylea, outside the Athens University in Panepistimiou Avenue

Police said such rallies, which are outside the security perimeter, will be allowed provided they do not try to approach Syntagma square.

Apart from the restrictions, police will divert traffic during Erdogan’s official engagements during his visit. 

Public transport means will also be diverted as the Turkish President will be moving around.

2,800 policemen will be deployed across the routes the Turkish president will use during his two-day visit and turn the city into a veritable fortress.

A number of snipers that will take up positions at several points along Erdogan’s route during his stay in the Greek capital.

The Turkish president is arriving in Athens with 200 members of his personal guard.

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