Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission in Greece


Location:  Demonstration sites often include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

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

Event:  The U.S. Mission in Greece is aware of reports of protests planned for November 17, 2022 in Athens, as well as in Thessaloniki.  Major demonstrations usually take place each year on November 17 to commemorate the Athens Polytechnic University student uprising against the ruling military junta in 1973.

In Athens, demonstrators are expected to converge on Syntagma Square from various points around the city and march up Vasilissis Sofias Avenue to the U.S. Embassy.  In preparation, local police will close streets and metro stops near the U.S. Embassy and in the downtown area in Athens as early as noon.  In Thessaloniki, local police expect demonstrations and anticipate that access may be restricted in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General.  Past demonstrations have turned violent and have involved destruction of property.  The Embassy has advised its personnel to avoid the areas of the demonstrations and will close early on November 17, 2022.

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.


U.S. Embassy Athens

+(30) 210-721-2951


U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

+(30) 2310-376-300


State Department – Consular Affairs

(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444


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