Damian Mac Con Uladh

Demonstrations banned for Davutoğlu’s visit to Athens

In Greece on 4 December 2014 at 2:03 pm
Map on the exclusion zone based on the police statement (Source: Damian Mac Con Uladh/Google Maps)

Map on the exclusion zone based on the police statement (Source: Damian Mac Con Uladh/Google Maps)

Ahead of an official visit to Athens by Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, police have declared a ban on all “outdoor gatherings and demonstrations” from 6am on Friday to 3pm the following day “for reasons of public security and non-disruption of the socioeconomic life of the city”.

Syntagma Square, where hundreds of Syrian war refugees have been protesting to raise awareness of their plight, falls inside the exclusion zone.

According to a To Vima journalist Dionisis Vithoulkas, police officials have said there is no question of moving the Syrians out of the exclusion zone.

December 6 marks the sixth anniversary of the police killing 15-year-old student Alexandros Grigoropoulos, whose murder sparked weeks of rioting in the capital. Large numbers are expected to attend commemorations marking his death, especially as a friend, anarchist Nikos Romanos, who was with him when he was shot, is on the 25th day of a prison hunger strike.

Romanos (21), who was convicted last month for armed robbery and faces trial in connection with activities with an armed group, began his hungerstrike in protest at being denied furlough to attend university classes.


Previous exclusion zones for visits of foreign dignitaries

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit in October 2012

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s visit in July 2013

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit in April 2014

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