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Around 6,000 police will be deployed on the streets of Athens when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits tomorrow, in a bid to rid the city centre of protest marches planned by unions and opposition parties.
Anti-terrorist units and rooftop snipers will also gather as part of the extensive security measures planned for the Chancellor's six-hour visit, Reuters reported.
Today about 8,000 demonstrators chanted anti-austerity slogans and waved banners warning Ms Merkel she was not welcome in Greece on the eve of her visit to the country.
Some scuffles broke out between protesters and police in riot gear and pensioners demonstrating against austerity measures even burned an EU flag.
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As the European economic crisis continues to grow, more and more regions in the south are calling for independence.