Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Location: Throughout Greece

Event: Public sector transportation employees plan to strike beginning at 5:00 a.m. on October 2, 2019.  Lines 2 and 3 of the Athens metro, railways, and trains will strike 24 hours; buses and trolleys will not operate 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – midnight in Athens and reduced schedules in Thessaloniki.  The workers are protesting potential changes to employment law.  The strikes may cause heavy traffic and severe delays and extend to October 3-4 if an agreement is not reached.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Check with your transportation provider before your scheduled departure.