Operation “Xenios Zeus” in Athens
Posted by clandestina on 5 August 2012
More than 1,100 sans-papiers migrants were arrested and another 4,900 brought in for questioning by police on Saturday in the context of a sweep operation code-named “Xenios Zeus” in the wider Athens area, the Attica Police General Directorate (GADA) announced on Sunday. 52 house searches were also conducted.
A police announcement noted that the police checks would continue daily.
Operation Xenios Zeus, named after the name of the king of the ancient Greek gods in his role as protector of guests, mobilised 2,000 police in Athens and another 2,500 on Greece’s eastern border with Turkey.
The Athens operation came as creditors from the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank meet with Greek officials to discuss the further budget cuts needed to unlock the next tranche of aid in September, worth 31.5 billion euros.