Thousands gather for anti-racism march

Thousands assembled at a government-erected tent city to put finishing touches on banners for an anti-racism march intended to kick off the rallies. Anti-globalisation activists, ecologists, student groups and communists are expected to join a larger anti-EU protest tomorrow that could challenge security around the summit site in Porto Carras, south-east of Thessaloniki. The Greek Civil Servants Federation has called for a strike to allow its members to attend. Delegates from a gathering of world communist parties in Athens are expected to join the protests and could revive the strong anti-war sentiments that swept Greece during the Iraq conflict. Aleka Papariga, the head of the Greek Communist Party, criticised European leaders for not doing more to oppose the war and called the US-led invasion