Activists plan to demonstrate in Athens on July 29 to demand the release of Yiannis Michaildis, an anarchist activist in detention who was recently denied early release by the courts. Participants plan to gather in Monastiraki Square from 7:00 p.m. Authorities banned the action after protests the day before escalated into clashes with security forces; hundreds of activists may attempt to attend the protest despite the ban.
Authorities are likely to deploy strict security measures around Monastiraki Square on the evening of July 29, including possible road closures and movement restrictions, to prevent the gathering. Increased security measures will likely lead to localized business and transportation disruptions. Clashes are likely if activists try to stage the protest despite the ban; police could use riot control measures such as tear gas and water cannons against unruly crowds. Although bystanders are unlikely to be directly targeted by violence, they would face an indirect threat of physical violence.
Avoid the protest as a routine safety measure and to mitigate associated disruptions. Heed the instructions of the security services and leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Check for disruptions and allow extra time to travel to the affected area on the evening of July 29.