German leader Merkel heads to Athens; demonstrations banned


ATHENS, Greece (AP) ‘ Authorities have banned demonstrations in a large section of central Athens and will shut down streets and subway stations during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel,

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) ‘ Greek riot police used tear gas Thursday against a small group of left-wing activists protesting the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Athens.

Defying a ban on demonstrations in the city center during Merkel’s two-day visit to the country during which she is meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a few dozen protesters peeled off from a march of around 400 and managed to break the police cordon before they were driven back.

Around 2,000 officers, a police helicopter and drones were deployed for the visit, which ends Friday afternoon. Streets and subway stations were closed for security reasons.

  • Publisher: SFGate
  • Date: 2019-01-10T18:11:49Z
  • Author: By ELENA BECATOROS and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press
  • Twitter: @SFGate
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