Police beef up security in Thessaloniki ahead of Greece-Cyprus-Israel meeting

Greek police are stepping up security measures in Thessaloniki with increased policing patrols and traffic regulations, ahead of the trilateral summit meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Israel which will he held on Thursday.

The area around the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, where the meeting will be held, will be a no-go zone, with police securing the area from the street and the sea. Authorities have also banned stopping and parking in the area for all cars until Thursday night.

The streets affected include the coastal Megalou Alexandrou avenue (from Edison to Paraskevopoulou), the streets Aghis Triados, Maria Kallas, March 25th (up to G. Papandreou), Pittakou and September 3rd.

Police is also focusing on protest rallies planned during the meeting at 19:00 by pro-Palestinian and anti-NATO organizations and groups. The Greek Committee for International Peace along with members of the Palestinian community has called a rally on Aghias Sofias square, while anti-establishment and far-left groups are planning a rally at the Venizelos statue.