Greece: police bans public gatherings in central Athens

During visit of EU finance ministers for Eurogroup and Ecofin

31 March, 19:06

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MARCH 31 - Greek police has banned public gatherings in central Athens from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the European Union's finance ministers will be in the Greek capital for an informal Eurogroup and then an Ecofin meeting. Marches and rallies will be banned in a large part of the city center around the Zappeion Hall, where the meetings will take place as daily Kathimerini online reports. The police has employed a similar scheme when certain foreign officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have visited Athens in the past. Various groups had planned to protest against austerity policies during the visit of EU finance ministers. Civil servants' union Adedy labeled the ban "undemocratic." (ANSAmed).

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