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Athens Protests Aim Austerity-Driven Frustrations at Merkel

Athens ground to a halt today for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first visit since the financial crisis began, with 7,000 officers deployed in the Greek capital to prevent violence at planned protests.

Authorities made entire sections of downtown off-limits, notably around Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s office, where the two leaders will meet, and the German embassy. Merkel arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. Three separate protest marches gathered in front of Parliament and police used tear gas to push back some protesters near the assembly building.