Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (May 1, 2019)

Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are at or near Syntagma Square with a possible march to or by the U.S. Embassy.

Event:  Multiple demonstrations with up to 1,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, to commemorate Labor Day and to protest labor conditions in Greece.  Road closures and transportation disruptions are expected.  Spontaneous/unscheduled demonstrations are also possible.

U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the U.S. Embassy and the downtown areas of Athens through the afternoon.  Some previous demonstrations turned violent and led to the destruction of property. There is a potential for tear-gas and anti-riot engagement between police and demonstrators.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area of the demonstration.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Do not cross police lines through demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile
  • Monitor local media for updates.


  • U.S. Embassy Athens

+(30) 210-720-2414

+(30) 210-720-2490 (after hours)

  • U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

+(30) 2310-376-300

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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