2004
WORLD NEWS

Fortress Athens ready to open the Games

from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 13 Aug 2004

ATHENS - Security at Friday's opening ceremonies at the Athens Olympics will include thousands of armed guards and a blimp equipped with infrared sensors hovering overhead.

About 75,000 people, including the heads of state from more than 70 countries, will attend the four-hour event in the Greek capital. Millions more will watch on television.

The show will have perhaps the largest security budget of any gathering in the history of humanity, given that it is the first Summer Olympics to be held since the 2001 terror attacks against the United States.

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Athens musicians before a ceremony at the Parthenon temple. (AP photo)

Athens musicians before a ceremony at the Parthenon temple. (AP photo)