Police on alert for December 6 rallies

More than 7,000 police officers will be deployed in greater Athens on Tuesday in case of unrest on the third anniversary of the killing of a teenager by a policeman.

Authorities fear that the December 6 anniversary of Alexis Grigoropoulos?s shooting could spark some violent episodes, though probably not on the scale of the unrest that followed the 15-year-old?s fatal shooting in 2008.

At least two rallies are planned for the capital — one by students is to start at noon outside Athens University and a second, by anti-establishment protesters, is expected to start at 6 p.m. near central Syntagma Square.

Much of the center will be cordoned off and motorists diverted from major thoroughfares for much of the day.

Police have been instructed to carry out preventive inspections on suspicious individuals who might be carrying Molotov cocktails or other weapons.

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