Thousands of people are protesting outside the Greek parliament against the visit of Angela Merkel.
Many blame Germany and her personally for their country’s plight and the subsequent painful reforms Athens has promised to undertake.
The protest comes despite a ban on demonstrations in most of central Athens and the presence of some 6,000 police officers to provide security.
In the recent past mass gatherings have had a habit of turning violent in Athens. Previous rallies have been hijacked by radicals armed with petrol bombs and rocks ripped from the streets. German sites, including the embassy and Goethe
Institute are under special protection.