Two Athens metro stations to close for Grigoropoulos rally

Two Athens metro stations to close for Grigoropoulos rally

Police in Athens on Tuesday ordered the closure of two central metro stations amid concerns of violence at a rally marking the eighth anniversary since the police killing of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos.

The Panepistimio metro station at Athens University will close at 3 p.m. and Syntagma at 4 p.m., and will not serve commuters until police give the all-clear.

Authorities have ramped up security in central Athens after the discovery over the weekend of a large cache of Molotov cocktails in the downtown district of Exarchia, raising fears that events marking the fatal shooting on December 6, 2008, of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a police officer may turn violent.

The killing in 2008 had sparked widespread riots across Athens and other cities.

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