Monday, November 17, 2008

Riot Munchies

We live in Kolonaki. Apparently not a good place to be today.

Dan and I stock up on violent demonstration snacks: pepsi, hot choclate, cookies, chips, nuts, and beer.

WARDEN MESSAGE
U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece
November 17, 2008

The United States Embassy is issuing the following update to our recent Warden Message regarding the potential for large demonstrations throughout Greece on Monday, November 17.
The Embassy has instructed Embassy employees and family members in the Athens neighborhoods of Kolonaki and Ampelokipi to remain in their residences between 4 pm November 17, 2008 and 6 am November 18, 2008. We suggest that Americans in these areas follow similar precautions.

We wish to remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. Americans are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. American citizens seeking Embassy or Consulate General services on November 17th should be aware that we expect to close at 2 pm and may close earlier should circumstances warrant.
Love,
The U.S. Embassy, Greece

1 comment:

Maria P. said...

Hey, your message ended with "Love"?
Dave's didn't. I guess real ex-pats aren't that loved by the Embassy.

Seriously though, I'm thinking this must be a very weird experience for you. Hopefully it won't be violent, sometimes it can be pretty bad and sometimes it's very lame.