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Group seeks ban on Athens eye in the sky

A Greek civil rights group said yesterday it had asked an Athens judge to ban the camera-laden blimp hired to boost security during the Olympics from flying over the capital for fear it would infringe on people’s privacy. The judge will rule this morning on the group’s request for a restraining order against the airship’s operation, said Stratis Korakas, a spokesman for Democratic Rally. Various rights groups have protested at security measures for the Games, notably the blimp and hundreds of security cameras installed in Athens in recent months. «One day, we risk waking up in chains, but happy, in total security,» Korakas, a former Communist Party MP, told Agence France-Presse. Equipped with high-resolution cameras and filled with 6,000 cubic meters of helium, the dirigible patrols the Athens sky at an altitude of over 1,200 meters. (AFP)