Greek Police Ban Protests During Obama Visit

Greek police ban protests during Obama visit

ATHENS, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 14th Nov, 2016 ) : Greek police have banned protests planned during US President Barack Obama's trip to Athens from Tuesday, the first leg of his last official visit to Europe. Thousands of police officers were on Monday patrolling central Athens which will be closed to traffic for several hours on Tuesday while Obama holds talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Security measures have been beefed up "as the circumstances require," a police source told AFP.

Obama was set to leave Washington later Monday to embark on his last trip to Europe as president before he hands over to Donald Trump in January. He will be in Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Greece's economic woes and Europe's migration crisis high on the agenda. The US president will then head to Germany where he will seek to calm nerves over Trump's upcoming tenure. Greek trade unions, leftist and anarchist parties had called for protests in Athens on Tuesday to denounce "imperialist" US involvement in wars in the middle East. "During the two days of Obama's visit, protests and assemblies are banned for security and public order reasons," police said in a statement Monday.