A demonstration is scheduled to take place at the Serbian Embassy in Athens this evening at 6PM. The Serbian Embassy is located in the Ambelokipi neighborhood, near the United States Embassy.
The demonstration is in response to the arrest of five political activists in Belgrade on September 4, 2009. Those arrested were activists in or associates of the Anarcho-Syndicalist initiative. Several organizations believe that the arrests were on “trumped up charges”. Based on quick research, which may not be definitive, we believe the organization to which the arrested belong, or are reported to belong, is an international anarchist-communist association.
While most demonstration are peaceful, there is always the possibility that they may turn violent. If you willl be traveling in Athens today, avoid the area for your own peace of mind.
Over the last two days torrential rains have plagued Istanbul and north-west Turkey. Over 20 people have died and there has been significant damage as a result of flash flooding. Read more about the problem at the BBC.
In addition, the flooding has made it difficult to reach Istanbul’s airport, as the main road accessing it has been closed by the flooding. Travelers are unable to reach the airport and those who have arrived at the airport from other destinations are unable to reach the city. If you are planning air-travel to Istanbul, you should consider postpoing your travels until later in the week, or perhaps longer.
Today, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel advisory for the Baja Peninsula related to Hurricane Jimena, a storm that just keeps on going. The advice provided by State should be read by anyone considering travel to Baja in the next week.
“September 04, 2009
The Department of State urges American citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to areas in Mexico that remain affected by Hurricane Jimena and its aftermath. U.S. citizens located in areas impacted by Hurricane Jimena who do not have access to adequate and safe shelter should consider departing as soon as possible. This Travel Alert expires September 11, 2009.
Reduced to a tropical storm, Jimena continues to hover over the Baja Peninsula, centering approximately 35 miles north of Santa Rosalia. The National Hurricane center predicts the storm will begin a slow westward path back over the peninsula, remaining near or over central Baja California through Saturday, September 5, 2009. The northern half of Baja California Sur (from Bahia Magdalena north to San Juanico on the west coast and Loreto north to Santa Rosalia on the east coast) is experiencing heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding with a potential for mudslides. Severe to heavy damage has occurred to buildings and infrastructure throughout the area. Most roads remain impassable and the area is without power and water. The airports in Mulege and Loreto and seaports throughout the affected region remain closed.
The resort areas near Cabo San Lucas and San Jose de los Cabos have resumed normal business activities and their airport has reopened. Travelers are cautioned however, that rough seas and rogue waves continue to be a danger on the beach.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports are posted at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_ep3.shtml?5-daynl#contents.”