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Athens: Over 5,500 policemen, traffic restrictions for November 17 Anniversary

Over 5,500 police officers are being deployed across Greek capital Athens for the events of November 17, when Greeks will honor the 49th anniversary Students’ Uprising against the military junta.

The 3-day events start on Tuesday at the Athens Polytechnic School in downtown Athens next to the National Museum and reach their peak on Thursday with the big march through the main streets up to the US Embassy.

Police officers of the riot department as well as officers in plain clothes will be  guarding mainly the area around the historic building of the Athens Polytechnic School, while universities, sensitive embassies and government buildings will be given additional security, media report.

Police will be deployed to Athens also from other parts of the country.

the Greek Police will also mobilize drones and helicopters for the monitoring of the situation in Athens from above, and particularly the area of downtown Exarchia, home to the Athens Polytechnic and the epicenter of anti-establishment riots in previous years.

The measures will include also traffic and parking restrictions in downtown Athens as well as disruption in the public transport.

The operation will be set into motion starting on Wednesday and will entail restrictions in downtown Athens that may affect public transportation.

The emergency traffic restrictions with will be in effect from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday to 6:00 a.m. Friday, November 15-18, 2022.

Details on traffic restrictions here in Greek.

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