Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens:
Potentially violent demonstration in Athens
February 4, 2012
An anarchist collective called “Cycle of Fire,” and other
anti-authoritarians, plan to demonstrate in Monastiraki Square around
12:00 noon on Saturday, February 4, 2012. This will be followed by a
march to the Parliament at Syntagma Square. Please keep in mind that
Monastiraki Square is “Tourism Central” here in Athens. In addition, it
is an area criss-crossed by pedestrian streets that has few wide routes
from which to exit quickly, should a large crowd gather.
The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. Citizens to avoid the Monastiraki and
Syntagma Square areas between 1200 – 1800 hours on Saturday, February 4,
2012. This includes the area around Mitropoleos Street, the main route
between Monastiraki and Syntagma.
Remember, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn
confrontational and possibly escalate into violence without warning.
Avoid areas of demonstrations and, if you are within the vicinity of any
demonstrations, remain vigilant and exercise caution.
Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings
and local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report
specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Athens.
Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance
your personal security. For additional information, please refer to “A
Safe Trip Abroad
Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by
calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, a
regular toll line at +1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.
These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay
up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website
<http://travel.state.gov/> , which contains the current Travel Warnings
and Travel Alerts
<http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html> as well
as the Worldwide Caution
<http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4787.html> . Follow us
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We strongly recommend that U.S. Citizens and nationals traveling to or
residing in Greece enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler
Enrollment Program (STEP).
<https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/> U.S. Citizens and
nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest
U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Enrolling signs you up to receive updated
information about areas abroad and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy
or Consulate to contact you or your designated contact in case of
You can contact the U.S. Embassy in Athens or the U.S. Consulate General
in Thessaloniki for general consular assistance and up-to-date
information on conditions in Greece. The U.S. Embassy in Athens is open
8:30am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday, except on Greek and American official
holidays. The U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki is open every
Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 13:00, except on Greek and American
official holidays. The U.S. Embassy in Athens can be reached by e-mail
at [email protected]
<mailto:[email protected]> or by telephone at 210-720-2419, 2415, 2420. Please call 210-729-4444 for after-hours
emergencies. The U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki can be reached
by e-mail at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> or by
telephone at 2310- 242- 905. Please call 2310- 242-905 and dial 0 at the
prompt for after-hours emergencies.
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