Location: Athens, Thessaloniki and locations throughout Greece
Event: Activist groups have increased the frequency of protests in support of convicted murderer and 17th November (“N17”) terrorist, Dimitris Koufontinas. These protests are resulting in greater acts of violence against Hellenic National Police and Government of Greece facilities, and are likely to continue. In the past, 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 have been occurring with greater frequency, as described below.
ATHENS: Protests have been taking place in multiple areas of Athens, including Omonia, Exarchia, Monistaraki Square, Syntagma Square, and Propylaia. Exercise greater caution as well around Hellenic National Police buildings, courts, and universities.
THESSALONIKI: Protests have been taking place in multiple areas of Thessaloniki, including Venizelos Statue, Aristotle University, and the White Tower. Exercise greater caution as well around the Arch of Galerius, the Ministry of Macedonia & Thrace, 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.
- Keep key emergency phone numbers handy.
U.S. Embassy Athens
U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki
State Department – Consular Affairs
(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444
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