Se­cu­rity boosted af­ter guer­rilla group’s warn­ing

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The Greek Po­lice have re­drafted a se­cu­rity plan ahead of a sched­uled visit to Athens on Novem­ber 15 and 16 by out­go­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in the wake of a hand grenade at­tack on the French Em­bassy on Thurs­day and calls by an ur­ban guer­rilla group yes­ter­day for at­tacks and protests to sab­o­tage Obama’s visit.

A high-rank­ing of­fi­cer of the Greek Po­lice told Kathimerini that it was de­cided dur­ing a meet­ing that fol­lowed the at­tack on the French Em­bassy that the num­ber of po­lice on duty next Tues­day and Wed­nes­day would be in­creased by 30 per­cent, to around 3,000. In ad­di­tion to Greek se­cu­rity ser­vices, some 300 Amer­i­can agents will be in the cap­i­tal to pro­tect the pres­i­dent.

An orig­i­nal plan for Obama to speak on Pnyx Hill on Wed­nes­day was can­celed and au­thor­i­ties have in­stead cho­sen the Stavros Niar­chos Cul­tural Cen­ter as a safer venue.

Al­ready on alert fol­low­ing the em­bassy at­tack, the Greek Po­lice’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism depart­ment is in­creas­ingly in­volved in talks on se­cu­rity next week af­ter the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire posted a state­ment on the In­ter­net yes­ter­day, call­ing for “at­tacks and clashes” next week to “sab­o­tage” Obama’s visit. “We don’t want this to be sim­ply an oc­ca­sion to let off steam un­til the next demon­stra­tion but the be­gin­ning of the cre­ation of an or­ga­nized an­ar­chist move­ment for the de­struc­tion of state power.”

Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a string of bomb at­tacks on po­lice, judges and politi­cians. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has been on the US State Depart­ment’s list of ter­ror­ist group since 2011 fol­low­ing the ar­rest of mem­bers who tried to mail par­cel bombs to em­bassies and Euro­pean lead­ers.

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