Thousands of people attended a rally in central Athens on Thursday, July 2, against government plans to regulate frequent street demonstrations, which often cause disruption in the city. Reports state that around 3500 members of Greece's communist party gathered in the central Syntagma Square to protest against the proposed legislation, which is expected to be voted on next week. The proposed regulation mandates that all demonstrations must have an appointed rally organizer who liaises closely with the police, as well as introduces new penalties on protesters displaying violent behavior.
Associated protests are likely to occur in the days leading up to and shortly after the vote next week.
Individuals in Athens are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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