Central Athens metro stations to close on Athens Polytechnic Uprising anniversary

The metro stations of Megaro Mousikis and Syntagma will close from 15:00 on Wednesday, while Evangelismos metro station will close from 16:30, due to mass gatherings that will be held in observance of Athens Polytechnic Uprising anniversary on November 17, by order of the Hellenic Police.

Bus and trolley routes in central Athens will also be affected.

More than 5,500 police officers are taking part in the draconian security measures, according to Greek police sources.

The operational planning includes, among other things, the guarding universities, government buildings and embassies. At the same time, there will be an increased police presence in the wider area of Exarchia, while random checks will be carried out as a precaution in various places.

From the air, police helicopters and drones will continuously monitor Athens, while the roofs of buildings, used in previous years to attack police, will under surveillance.

Water cannons for crowd control will be stationed in downtown Athens, ready to intervene if necessary.

Moreover, there is a special operational plan to identify points where “ammunition” (such as petrol bombs, stones and other objects) might be hidden.