Tight security in Athens amid fears of violence at Polytechnic anniversary


Some 7,000 police officers will be on duty across the capital on Tuesday as authorities brace for possible unrest on the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising against the junta at Athens Polytechnic.

Authorities are concerned that anarchist elements in Athens may be planning action, following a call to arms by two jailed anarchists and after violence marred an anti-austerity demonstration last Thursday.

Central metro stations will be closed and access to the center will be restricted for much of the day ahead of a march to the US Embassy in the afternoon.

Education Minister Nikos Filis said the slogans of the student uprising are as timely today as they were in 1973 and called on young Greeks “to lead the effort for a major cultural and social change.”