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The Athens police on higher alert for the annual events in the engineering school

14 November 2008 / 11:11:37  GRReporter
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From today, the Athens police gradually is starting to introduce traffic restrictions in the centre of the Greek capital. The traffic will be completely stopped on Monday, when the 35th anniversary celebration from the events in the engineering school, which caused the colonel regime, will take place. From today until Sunday, special measures are introduced around the engineering schools in Athens – temporary suspension or diversion of the traffic on some streets, prohibited parking in some regions. How those measures will be applied, depends on the number of people, who will bow in front of the school, but the traffic police advises drivers to avoid the centre streets during the weekend unless it is absolutely necessary.


 


When it comes to the security measures, they are fierce. 8000 policemen are ready for action, who will spend the next 4 days on the central streets of Athens. Their plan is the same as last year’s, when they successfully managed to prevent the riots, which usually go hand in hand with this celebration. Three prosecutors will be on-duty in the city centre, ready to join them are another 40. It is well-known that if an offender is caught, he can be prosecuted under a special law and the sentence is given within 24 hours. This goes also for the public order offenders.


 


The culmination of the celebration in on Monday, November 17th, when the traditional procession will start from the school of engineering and finish at the American embassy.


 

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