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Merkel in Athens: 4 Metro stations close, traffic disruption, high security

Four metro stations in downtown Athens will be closed for several hours, Metro and Proastiakos lines to/from Airport will be disrupted during the two-day visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Greece.

On Thursday, Jan 10, Metro station <Evaggelismos> closes for the public at 4: 00 pm, stations <Megaron Mousikis>, <Katexaki> and <Syntagma> as of 4:30 pm.The metro trains will pass through but will not halt. We suppose the stations will open again when Merkel has gone to dinner/bed/cocktail hour. She will spend the night at a 5* Hotel in Vouliagmeni in South-East Athens.

On Friday, Jan 11, central metro station <Syntagma> used by commuters to change lines, will be closed from 8:30 am to 11:30 am as the German Chancellor will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and will lay a wreath at the Monument of Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament.

Metro to/from Athens Airport will halt at <Doukissis Plakentias> while the German Chancellor arrives in or leaves the Greek capital.

Proastikos train will halt to Koropi and not at the airport 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm on Thursday and 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm on Friday.

More changes in Proastiakos schedules are not excluded.

At the same time, more than 2,000 police officers will be deployed in the city center in order to secure that the Chancellor will safely move around: to Prime Minister’s office on Thursday, to President’s Mansion and the German School on Friday.

Main roads will be closed to traffic on and off as Merkel’s limousine and entourage will tour Athens.

Greek authorities have banned public gatherings and marches in the center of Athens after 6: pm Thursday. The protest by far-right Golden Dawn at Evaggelismos has been reportedly cancelled. however, the protest by leftist groups at the Athens Univesity will be held as scheduled.

Angela Merkel arrived at 5:20 pm, is now heading to downtown Athens where she will meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at 6 pm.

She will depart 4:30 on Friday.

Then Greeks will be allowed to enjoy free traffic and public gatherings….

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