The 76th Thessaloniki International Fair (9 – 18 September 2011) will definitely “make history”.

The first demonstration took place already today when members of the Communist  led PAME took over the Town Hall just before the Prime Minister’s arrival there. They left peacefully having shouted anti-government slogans during Mr. Papandreou’s arrival.

The Greek Workers’ Confederation has rented a train to take protesters from Athens to Thessaloniki.

Tomorrow’s official opening of the Fair will be marked by the following protests:

  1. The General Confederations of Greek Workers of both the public and private sectors meet at the Venizelos statue at 6 pm.
  2. The PAME, PASY and Popular Alliance meet in Aristotelous Square at 6pm
  3. Several Unions, left wing movements not represented in Parliament and antiexousiastes meet at the Kamara at 5pm.
  4. Fans of the Herakles football club meet at Katsanio at 6pm
  5. The taxi owners meet at the Ivanofio at 6pm
  6. The students meet at the Thessaloniki Polytechnic school at 6 pm

The “enraged movement” has three different meeting points at three pm while the motorcyclists meet at 5 pm.

The Greek government had to make several adjustments to deal with the situation. For the first time in years the Prime Minister will not attend the opening ceremony which will be carried out by Mr. Mihalis Chryssohoidis, Minister of Regional development, competitiveness and shipping at 9.30 am on Saturday morning.

On Sunday, the annual Prime Minister’s press conference will be given from a renovated storehouse in the Thessaloniki port instead of the customary venue of the Velidion Conference Center.

The Greek government has mobilized more than 7.000 special force men to “protect” the peace in the northern capital.