Athens: Left-wing groups plan demos to protest PM visit

August 16, 2010 17:38

ATHENS, Greece — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in Athens on Monday, a week after being visited by his Greek counterpart in Tel Aviv and at a time of deteriorating relations between Israel and Turkey, Greece's neighbor and traditional rival.

Security was tight for Netahyahu's visit — the first ever by an Israeli prime minister to Greece.Left-wing groups were planning demonstrations Monday afternoon in Athens, with marches to the Israeli Embassy outside to protest the flotilla raid and Israel's policies in the Middle East.

Police increased patrols in the capital, and cars were barred from parking along key routes, including near the Jewish Museum in central Athens, which Netanyahu visited before the start of his official program. All cars and pedestrians were barred from the street on which the museum is located during his tour there.

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