The Greek Police issued a statement late on Saturday night announcing that all public gatherings of more than four people in Greece’s public places will be banned from Sunday, November 15, to Wednesday, November 18.
This comes as Greece prepares to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising on November 17, a youth revolt that ultimately led to the collapse of the military junta a few months later.
There has been a widespread political controversy about whether the traditional march from the Polytechnic School to the US Embassy should take place or not due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has urged people not to participate and has threatened with heavy fines those who do not obey the extraordinary rules.
More specifically, organizations that are going to prepare and execute any protest will be fined with €5,000, individuals who organize gatherings face fines of €3,000 each, and individuals who choose to attend such gatherings face a penalty of €300.
However, the Secretary-General of the Greek Communist Party KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas said that the march to the US Embassy will have to take place, even under strict social distancing measures.
Speaking with the Public Broadcaster ERT on Saturday, the Communist leader said that ”all the measures will be strictly observed with the use of face masks and antiseptics, keeping the necessary distances and of course we urge people belonging to vulnerable groups or those who are ill to stay at home.”