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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Athens (Greece), Planned Demonstrations and Ceremony on October 31

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The U.S. Embassy Athens informs U.S citizens of the following demonstrations and Olympic Flame Ceremony


Demonstrations in Athens



Time:                           14:00


Where:                        Court of Appeals (Loukareos St)


Who:                           Anarchists




Time:                           18:00 


Where:                        Embassy of Argentina (59 Vas Sofias Av)


Who:                           Anarchists




Olympic flame ceremony 11.30 at Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro)


The ceremony will start at 09.00 at Acropolis hill.  A march of the flame will follow

Dionysiou Areopagitou – Vas Amalias Av – Panepistimiou Av – Stadiou St – Vas Sofias Av – Vas Konstandinou Av – Panathenaic  Stadium




Demonstration in Thessaloniki



Time:                        18:00   


Where:                     Venizelos statue – (78, Egnatia St.)


Who:                        Solidarity Initiative for the people of Catalonia



Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Greece.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • In case of an emergency, contact the U.S. Embassy in Athens, located at 91 Vasilisis Sophias Avenue, at (+30) 210-720-2414, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday except U.S. and Greek holidays. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+30) 210-729-4444. You can email the U.S. Embassy in Athens
  • If you are a U.S. citizen in the Thessaloniki district with an emergency during office hours, contact the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki by telephone at (+30) 231-024-2905; after hours, contact the U.S. Embassy in Athens at (+30) 210-729-4444.
  • Call +1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or +1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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