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Fortress Athens: Police on high alert due to Grigoropoulos marches and Erdogan’s visit

Thousands of policemen are being deployed in downtown Athens, metro stations will close to public, public transport means change their routes and tight security measures will be implemented for the next three days. Reasons for the high security are rallies and marches that will mark the 9th anniversary of the murder of high school student Alexis Grigoropoulos and the visit of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Wednesday, Dec 6 2017:

Metro station <Syntagma> will closed as of 12 o’ clock noon, and metro station <Panepistimio> after 4 p.m.

One high school and university students rally is scheduled for 12:00 and another at 6 pm, both outside the Athens University on Panepistimiou Avenue. Participants of the afternoon demonstration will march to Exarchia to the area where Grigoropoulos was murdered.

2,500 policemen will be deployed in order to prevent the spark of violence and riots.

Public transport means – buses, tram, trolleys- routes through downtown Athens are expected to be modified depending on the course of the marches and Erdogan’s schedule. Modifications start at 10 am Wednesday and last until Friday morning when the Turkish president leaves the Greek capital.

Thursday, Friday, Dec 7-8 2017

Metro station <Syntagma> will be closed all day.

More than 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.

Traffic will be interrupted for Erdogan’s motorcade.

The public will be forbidden from congregating in a large part of Athens, especially near Syntagma Square, as a precaution.

Residents around the Acropolis Museum were asked to remove their vehicles ahead of Erdogan’s visit.

According to media information, 200 members of  Erdogan’s personal guard will accompany the Turkish president, many of whom will arrive with him on Thursday morning. 65 Turkish police officers have already arrived in Athens and 60 Turkish police officers in Thrace.

Erdogan is scheduled to arrive at Athens airport at 10 am Thursday and depart for Thrace in North Greece Friday morning.

Due to the tight security measures, the Notaries Association decided to abstain from foreclosures as there would be no policemen available to protect them from attacks by members of the anti-foreclosure movement.

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