Police bans public gatherings in Athens for Turkish president’s visit

The Greek Police announced on Thursday that it will be imposing special security measures for the upcoming visit by Turkish Prime Minister Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Among these measures is a ban on public gatherings and protest rallies from 6 a.m. on Friday, when the Turkish president is due to arrive, through 3 p.m. on Saturday, after his departure.

The ban will be imposed along the routes that Davutoglu is expected to take during his visit as well as at central Syntagma Square.

Tensions between Athens and Ankara have been exacerbated in recent work by Turkish carbon explorations in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone and a recent decision by Turkey to carry out military exercises in the Aegean during Davutoglu’s visit.