Heightened Police Presence as Unions Plan Demonstrations at Thessaloniki International Fair

Thessaloniki International FairAs Thessaloniki gears up to open the Thessaloniki International Fair next weekend, police have taken a proactive approach to the situation as 3,000-4,000 police officers as well as 20 riot police squads and 50 motorcycle police from Athens will be on duty during the events along with two helicopters and vehicles equipped with water cannons on stand-by.

As demonstrations and a series of protests and meetings have been organized by Greece’s highest trade union body, the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), authorities are anticipating tension running high during the weekend-long fair.

Also, the Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY) has rallied for its members to participate in a demonstration being organized by GSEE on Saturday, that is set to take place before Prime Minister Tsipras’ appearance at the fair.

In addition to that protest, KKE-affiliated All Workers Militant Front (PAME) has arranged an independent demonstration to take place on Saturday.

Last year’s 2015 fair had over 200,000 visitors and this year’s organizers are expecting at least that many people to be in attendance.