Six held following noisy protest at US Consulate
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.