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Mayor Says Security Will Not Stifle Athens Games

Olympic mayor Dora Bakoyannis vowed Tuesday that unprecedented security against potential terror attacks at the summer Games would not mean the world’s biggest sporting event was held behind closed doors. Bakoyannis said security would be the top priority for Athens but a balance would be struck between safety and ensuring protection was not so intrusive that spectators were kept away. “You can’t avoid it (heavy police presence), but you can make it more pleasant,” she said, adding that thousands of volunteers would be on hand to assure tourists of their safety. Plans to handle nuclear, chemical and biological attacks are among a record $814 million security plan for the Games. There will be more than 50,000 security staff — three times the number used during the Sydney 2000 Games. Full Story

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