Diplo­mats drop blue li­cense plates

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The fear of be­ing tar­geted by ter­ror­ists has forced some foreign em­bassy staff in Greece to change the tra­di­tional blue li­cense plates on their ve­hi­cles that mark them out as be­long­ing to diplo­mats in fa­vor of reg­u­lar ones used by the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

The trend be­gan a few years ago when the cars of foreign diplo­mats started in­creas­ingly be­ing tar­geted in ar­son at­tacks.

The Turk­ish Em­bassy in Athens was among the first to adopt the mea­sure as its cars were reg­u­larly pelted by stones and paint, es­pe­cially dur­ing demon­stra­tions.

EU coun­tries such as Germany and France have stopped us­ing blue plates be­cause of the re­cent rise in at­tacks by rad­i­cal Is­lamists across Europe.

Greece is not con­sid­ered a high-level tar­get by Is­lamist ter­ror­ists, but the same does not ap­ply to foreign diplo­mats based in the coun­try.

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