Location: Athens, Thessaloniki and locations throughout Greece
Event: Groups protesting the shooting this week of a Roma teenager during a police pursuit have at times blocked traffic in different areas of Thessaloniki and Athens. Some demonstrations have turned violent and led to the destruction of property. There is a potential for tear-gas and anti-riot engagement between police and demonstrators.
U.S. government personnel and U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas of Athens and Thessaloniki where protests and violence are occurring, as described below.
ATHENS: Protests have been taking place in multiple areas of Athens, including Mesogeion Avenue near Nomismatokopio Metro Station, Exarchia, the Ministry of Labor, and Athens University. Exercise greater caution as well around Hellenic National Police buildings, Syntagma Square, and Omonia.
THESSALONIKI: Protests have been taking place in multiple areas of Thessaloniki, including the Arch of Galerius, Ippokrateio Hospital, and Thessaloniki Court House. Exercise greater caution as well around Hellenic National Police buildings, Venizelos Statue, Aristotle University, and Aristotelous Square.
Actions to Take:
· Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
· Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
· Be aware of your surroundings.
· Keep a low profile.
· Monitor local media for updates.
· Review your travel plans.
U.S. Embassy Athens
U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki
State Department – Consular Affairs
(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444
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