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Polytechnic rally

Thousands of police to patrol city, traffic cameras will be operating Much of central Athens will be closed today as more than 8,000 policemen take up their positions ahead of the annual march to the US Embassy in memory of a 1973 student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic, which was bloodily suppressed by Greece’s military junta. Driving through the city center will be severely restricted and bus and trolley services will be rerouted to avoid protesters. In a controversial move, traffic surveillance cameras will be used today to record the movements of suspected troublemakers. A similar march is to take place in Thessaloniki. Road tragedy Six people killed in car accident at notoriously risky spot near Patras Six people, including three women, were killed in a car accident near Patras yesterday when two cars collided at a notoriously dangerous point on the Patras-Corinth national highway, authorities said yesterday. The collision took place at around 2 a.m when one of the vehicles entered the opposite traffic lane and crashed into an oncoming car in the Panagopoula area. The victims, who included the two drivers and four passengers, were aged between 19 and 42. Authorities said the area where the accident took place is considered to be one of the most dangerous points on the highway. Psychiatrist stabbed Patient thought to be behind knifing A psychiatrist was found stabbed to death in his Athens clinic yesterday in an attack likely to have been conducted by one of his patients, police said. The victim, who had suffered multiple knife wounds, was found in his clinic in Ilion, western Athens. No further information was immediately available. Weather woes The National Meteorological Service (EMY) yesterday warned that much of the country would be hit by thunderstorms and strong winds over the weekend. Regions of the Peloponnese and Evia that were ravaged by forest fires in August were bracing for the worst as anti-flood works are still under way. Meanwhile, a Super Puma rescue helicopter was dispatched to the small island of Gavdos, off Crete, which has been isolated for the past week due to bad weather. The helicopter was to bring food and first aid to residents and to transport an elderly islander to a hospital on Crete. Olympia works Regeneration works at the site of Ancient Olympia, which was burnt during August’s catastrophic fires, will not be completed until 2012, when London is to host the Olympic Games, according to the Forest Research Institute. The process to restore the site and plant thousands of new plants will take at least five years, officials at the institute said yesterday. The replanting of the Hill of Cronus, which bore the brunt of the fire damage, is to begin very soon and is expected to be ready by February. Some 5.8 million euros have been earmarked for the works. Monastery theft Three silver cases containing human bones of Orthodox saints were stolen from a monastery in Arta, central Greece, police said yesterday. Priests at the Aghia Katerina Monastery noticed the cases were missing yesterday as they prepared for upcoming annual name day celebrations. Earlier this week, 35 icons, some of which date back to the 17th century, were reported stolen from a monastery near the village of Makrino Anatoliko, in the Zagori area, northwestern Greece. Bank robbery Two armed men held up a branch of National Bank in Thessaloniki yesterday and made away with 6,200 euros in cash, according to police. The holdup took place at around 10.30 a.m. and the assailants escaped the scene on motorbike. There were no reports of injuries. Cyprus shooting A man was shot dead yesterday during a police operation in Cyprus to arrest suspected illegal migrants, a police source said. Cyprus, the closest member of the European Union to the Middle East, has tightened border controls in recent years to stop a wave of migrants entering its territory. «A police officer stopped a car for a routine check for illegal immigrants. There were five individuals in the car who attacked him, and the policeman appears to have used his service pistol,» a police source said. (Reuters)