Greek protests over Merkel visit

Stones are being thrown at Greek riot police who are firing teargas in return at protesters on the streets of Athens demonstrating against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel - her first since the euro crisis began.

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Greece to deploy 6,000 police for Merkel visit

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.

Protesters in Athens hold banner against German Chancellor Merkel's visit Credit: Reuters/John Kolesidis

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.

Pensioners shout slogans during a march towards the EU offices in Athens Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

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.

A pensioner pushes a policeman in riot gear Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Some scuffles broke out between protesters and police in riot gear and pensioners demonstrating against austerity measures even burned an EU flag.

An EU flag is burned during a march towards the EU offices in central Athens Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

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