Each year, November 17th is be filled with commemorations of November 17th, 1973, when a student uprising at Athens’ Polytechnic University was brutally suppressed by the military government which had seized power.
The government of the “Colonels” was backed by the United States as part of a Cold War strategy to reduce the influence of communism in the region. Because of the U.S. support of this suppressive regime, many Greeks still harbor resentment toward the United States and distrust its interventions.
What’s the Effect on Your Travel in Greece?
November 17th parades and protests always disrupt travel to some degree, especially in Athens, where are the most vigorous displays.
To avoid encountering this activity, ask to AthenStyle’s staff what streets are likely to be involved and plan accordingly. The areas almost certain to be affected will probably include the Polytechnic University, the American Embassy, the French Embassy, and the related streets surrounding those areas, and also near Syntagma Square, traditionally a popular protest location due to the presence of the Greek Parliament building.
Another drawback is that some subway stations close at 3 pm (Panepistimio close at 1 pm), but anyway, today is a wonderful sunny day that invites walking, or to visit one of the closest island.