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Obama Greek police ban Athens protests during US President's visit

The US president will then head to Germany where he will seek to calm nerves over Trump's upcoming tenure.

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Police check the identity of a man near the prime minister's and president's offices in Athens on November 14, 2016 as part of the security measures set ahead of the visit of outgoing US president Barack Obama play

Police check the identity of a man near the prime minister's and president's offices in Athens on November 14, 2016 as part of the security measures set ahead of the visit of outgoing US president Barack Obama

(AFP)

Greek police have banned protests planned during US President Barack Obama's trip to Athens from Tuesday, the first leg of his last official visit to Europe.

Thousands of police officers were on Monday patrolling central Athens which will be closed to traffic for several hours on Tuesday while Obama holds talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Security measures have been beefed up "as the circumstances require," a police source told AFP.

Obama was set to leave Washington later Monday to embark on his last trip to Europe as president before he hands over to Donald Trump in January.

Barriers surround Zappion Hall, the building which will host the press center for the visit of outgoing US president Barack Obama on November 14, 2016 play

Barriers surround Zappion Hall, the building which will host the press center for the visit of outgoing US president Barack Obama on November 14, 2016

(AFP)

He will be in Athens on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Greece's economic woes and Europe's migration crisis high on the agenda.

The US president will then head to Germany where he will seek to calm nerves over Trump's upcoming tenure.

Greek trade unions, leftist and anarchist parties had called for protests in Athens on Tuesday to denounce "imperialist" US involvement in wars in the Middle East.

"During the two days of Obama's visit, protests and assemblies are banned for security and public order reasons," police said in a statement Monday.

Greek trade unions, leftist and anarchist parties had called for protests in Athens on Tuesday to denounce "imperialist" US involvement in wars in the Middle East play

Greek trade unions, leftist and anarchist parties had called for protests in Athens on Tuesday to denounce "imperialist" US involvement in wars in the Middle East

(AFP/File)

The boosted police measures also come after unknown assailants threw a grenade at the French embassy in Athens last week, slightly wounding an officer on duty.

Police blamed anarchists for the attack.

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