Demonstrators taking part in solidarity protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis hurled firebombs towards the US Embassy compound in Athens on Wednesday, June 3. The embassy was targeted despite being cordoned off by security forces. Police responded to the incident by firing tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Around 3000 people reportedly took part in protests in Athens on Wednesday in support of recent protests in the US led by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Further demonstrations and associated unrest are possible in Athens over the near term.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.
Individuals in Athens are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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