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US Embassy in Athens alerts US citizens about demonstrations

The US Embassy in Greece has alerted American citizens about the planned demonstrations in Athens and Thessaloniki on November 17, 2023 Demonstrations in the two above mentioned cities as well as in other cities and towns across the country take place in order to commemorate the Athens Polytechnic University studenta’ uprising against the ruling military junta in 1973.   .

The U.S. Mission in Greece alerts U.S. citizens to planned demonstrations on Friday November 17, 2023 in Athens and Thessaloniki.  Demonstration sites often include, but are not limited to, the following areas: 

  • U.S. Embassy Athens
  • U.S Consulate General Thessaloniki 

In Athens, demonstrators are expected to converge at the Athens Polytechnic University and Klathmonos Square at 1 p.m. from various points around the city, continue to Syntagma Square, and march up Vasilissis Sofias Avenue to the US Embassy. Streets and metro stations in the area will be closed down by the police.

Starting at noon on Friday, the US Embassy in Athens and the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki will close for in-person public services.

The embassy recommends that US citizens assess their travel arrangements, steer clear of locations with ongoing demonstrations, exercise vigilance when near sizable gatherings or protests by chance, stay informed through local media for updates, and adopt a discreet presence.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.

For assistance per telephone and e-mail check at the link below [bold].

Furthermore, the US Embassy alert encourages US citizens to stay updated on last-minute demonstration information through local media.

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