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Wearing a copy of the uniform worn by Greece’s first traffic policeman in 1919

Wearing a copy of the uniform worn by Greece’s first traffic policeman in 1919, this Athens traffic policeman will conduct traffic from a specially restored stand at the junction of Patission and Panepistimiou streets through this evening, in a three-day event to commemorate his predecessor, an army NCO. Behind him stands a revolving signpost saying ‘stop’ and ‘go,’ a relic of the days before traffic lights. A veteran of 30 years himself, this traffic officer, who spent most of his service at this junction, will be decorated by the Public Order Ministry. «Are you not impressed by the continually growing number of casinos in our country, in which many people are destroyed so that the State can raise taxes?» he asked churchgoers in Athens Cathedral. Christodoulos said Greeks were like American Indians «who were alienated (from their culture) by alcoholic drinks and tobacco.»