Security for EU meetings turns city into fortress

The capital’s center and major road arteries were shut down from early afternoon yesterday as the first of 41 heads of state, government and international organizations began to arrive at Athens International Airport before going to their hotels at the Astir complex in Vouliagmeni. Strict traffic restrictions are to be in effect between 6 a.m. and midnight today and 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow. Some 11,000 police officers will be on the streets to enforce the traffic ban and provide security to the foreign delegations as they move about between their hotels and the sites of their meetings at the Zappeion Hall and the Ancient Agora in the city center. Police plan to keep two demonstrations today away from the proceedings of the EU meetings.