Four thousand policemen on the streets, traffic restrictions and closed metro stations as well as banning of any schedule protests are the measures Greek Police has taken for the undisturbed course of special events where Greek state leaders and foreign dignitaries will celebrate the Greek Independence Day on March 25 and the day before with dinners, meetings and gallery visits.
Traffic restrictions will go into effect in central Athens on Wednesday and Thursday to facilitate celebrations for Greek
Starting on Wednesday, sections of several streets that lead to central Athens will be closed to traffic, including Lenorman Avenue at Kolonos, Kalirois Avenue at Neos Kosmos and Koukaki (at Vouliagmenis Avenue intersection) and Marnis Street, which leads to Patission Avenue.
Parking or stopping anywhere in central Athens will be prohibited as of 06:00 in the morning on Thursday until the military parade which starts at 10:00 and passes by Syntagma Square concludes. All the major roads around Syntagma square as far as Patission and Omonia Square and down to Syngrou Avenue will be closed on Thursday.
These restrictions will also affect Lykavitos area, where the road that leads from Lykavitos peripheral road to Lykavitos hill will remain shut to traffic from 12 noon to 19:30 on Thursday.
All public transportation schedules in the area will also be diverted.
Metro stations “Evangelismos” and “Megaro Mousikis” will be closed from 16:30 on Wednesday, according to the police, due to the inauguration event of the new building of the National Gallery in the presence of VIP guests. The trains will pass through without stopping.
By order of police, also metro service to/from airport will be cancelled due to arrivals of the foreign VIP guests.
STASY (fixed rail transport),services to the airport departing for Nikea at 13:01, 13:31, 16:31, 17:01, 21:01 and 21:31 will be cancelled, as will the return services from the Airport to Nikea departing at 14:02, 14:32, 17:32 and 22:02.
Police has banned all scheduled demonstrations scheduled for March 25.
Banned are some 7 scheduled protests organized by anti-authoritarians against Police violence (1) and by nationalists organizations (6).
The ban is reportedly justified “due to serious danger for the public security and disturbance of the soci0-economic life taken into consideration the military parade and the scheduled visits and movements of the VIP guests from abroad.”