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Greece braced for riot anniversary

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The Greek government is set to deploy 6,000 police on the streets of Athens today in a bid to avoid a repeat of last year’s riots.
 
Several weeks of unrest were sparked by the police killing of a 15-year-old boy Alex Grigoropolous. 
 
Public anger over the killing widened into a generalised protest against the country’s conservative government which lost October’s general election.
 
In order to avoid a repeat of the disturbances, Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochodis of the newly elected socialist government said: “Police measures would be taken to enable protesters to demonstrate freely while protecting lives and property.“ 
 
Authorities say they are expecting foreign anarchists to join the anniversary demonstrations. However the freshness of the government makes widespread political protests unlikely.