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Media crews use apartment balcony to cover protests in Athens against the visit of the German Chancellor <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007499" title="Angela Merkel" href="/topic/politics-government/government/angela-merkel-PEPLT007499.topic">Angela Merkel</a>. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT0008907" title="Antonis Samaras" href="/topic/politics-government/government/antonis-samaras-PEPLT0008907.topic">Antonis Samaras</a> and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned.

( Getty Images / October 9, 2012 )

Media crews use apartment balcony to cover protests in Athens against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned.

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