The security clampdown in Athens, in preparation for the Olympics 2004, has begun.
Troops and police are now reported to be being deployed around Athens. The Minister of Public Order, George Voulgarakis, is reported to have said that the initial deployment will consist of around 11000 troops and police.
The opening deployment will protect transport links and hubs. I understand that, owing to the fact that construction work is behind schedule, the Olympic venues themselves will not be sealed until August.
Doesn't that rather negate the effectiveness of the security?
The full security deployment is estimated to be around 70000 troops, police and coast guards.
To view a slide show of the security preparations please visit the Security Slide Show.
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