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Greece Boosts Olympic Security
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Greece has deployed another 35,000 troops to protect the summer Olympic Games, with the whole country finally getting mobilized for next week's opening.
But in a decision made only nine days before the August 13 opening ceremony, the government decided on Wednesday to draft in another 35,000 troops, mostly for patrolling duties in Greece's less populated areas away from Athens.
It seems that every street corner in the Greek capital now has its own highly armed security agent. They are only the tip of the iceberg. On Wednesday, a navy minesweeper scoured Piraeus harbor for potential explosives. The harbor, used by thousands every day to escape to the Greek islands, will be home to VIPs living on luxury cruise liners during the Games. Chief among them is former U.S. President George Bush, who is leading the American delegation to Athens.
Harry De Quetteville (VOANEWS), Athènes 06.08.2004
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