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Athens Demonstration Alert

Updated on 23 July 2019


Students, unions, and political parties are slated to protest on Tuesday, 23 July, in Athens

against a government policy that will abolish a law prohibiting police from entering

university campuses. Protesters will gather at the main building of Athens University on

Panepistimiou Street at 18:00 hours and march to Parliament. Local reports state they

expect the march to bring transportation to a standstill, therefore causing service

disruptions on public transportation. A heightened security presence is expected in the

vicinity of all protests. 


Possible Effects:

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by participants with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark

  • Clashes between security forces and participants

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

  • Call the authorities in the event of an emergency - 112

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

Depicted below in the map (yellow runners) are the above-mentioned locations where

crowds are expected.

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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