Police to 'restrict' Imia rallies in Athens on Saturday

The Greek Police issued a statement on Friday that it would restrict rallies planned to take place in Athens on Saturday to mark the Imia crisis, in which three Greek navy officers died, "for reasons of public safety."

Rallies that are due to begin at the Imia monument at Rigillis Square, at Syntagma Square and in front of Athens University will not be allowed to develop into marches, the statement said.

The statement made no reference to any of the organizers but the authorities' chief cause of concern is believed to be the possibility of clashes between supporters of the neofascist Golden Dawn and members of leftist groups.