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News Summary: Wealthy Greeks to pay for protection

The Associated Press

PROTECTION MONEY: Wealthy businessmen and other Greeks fearing attacks by anarchist groups will no longer be entitled to free police bodyguards in the latest cost-cutting plan from a government trying to meet budget targets set by international creditors.

RENT-A-COP: Individuals earning more than 100,000 euros ($132,500) a year will have to pay for their own police protection from potential terrorist and organized crime attacks, including 2,000 euros per month for each officer.

POLITICIANS EXCEPTED: The new pay-for-protection scheme still needs to be signed off on by the Finance Ministry and excludes elected officials, judges and public sector executives.