Six held fol­low­ing noisy protest at US Con­sulate

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A group of around 15 peo­ple en­tered the Amer­i­can Con­sulate Gen­eral in the north­ern Greek city of Thessaloniki yes­ter­day morn­ing and scat­tered fly­ers protest­ing a planned visit to Greece by out­go­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama next week. While at the sev­enth-floor con­sular of­fices on Tsimiski Street, the in­di­vid­u­als shouted anti-US slo­gans and at­tempted to hang a ban­ner out­side the win­dow, but were thwarted by po­lice called to the scene. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the pro­test­ers had taken is­sue with Obama’s planned visit next week. They are be­lieved to be mem­bers of anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups Thessaloniki Lib­er­tar­ian Ini­tia­tive and Rou­vikonas. Six were de­tained for ques­tion­ing. The protest came as Greek po­lice have been plan­ning in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures for the US pres­i­dent’s visit. Greek and Amer­i­can se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence au­thor­i­ties re­port­edly met on Mon­day to dis­cuss mea­sures for the three-day visit, which will in­clude a tour of a mi­grant re­cep­tion fa­cil­ity in Athens. Sources told Kathimerini that around 300 Amer­i­can agents will be dis­patched to Greece for the visit, with sev­eral al­ready in the cap­i­tal work­ing with Greek au­thor­i­ties to as­sess any pos­si­ble se­cu­rity risks ahead of Obama’s ar­rival.

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