General director of Attica Police banned gatherings and protests in downtown Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1st and 2nd 2014, due to the informal Eurogroup meeting and Ecofin in Zappeio. Invoking the presence of important political figures and senior officials, Greek police bans any protest and demonstrations
1. April 2014 – Tuesday: from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m
2. April 2014 – Wednesday: from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Greek media report that the ban was imposed because a significant number of citizens was to participate in the scheduled protests and that the safe conduct of the Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings had to be ensured.
“Based on information of prosecuting authorities there is a possibility that people may mingle with protesters and attempt violent act,” notes news website in.gr.
Ban or not ban, several unions and political parties will join their voice and protest in Klafthmonos, Omonoia and Kotzia squares as well as outside the Athens University, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. But quite far away from Zappeion, near the National Garden and the Parliament.