Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2012
British holidaymakers in Greece are being urged to register with the Foreign Office so they can be contacted immediately if the social unrest in the country worsens.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has reminded Britons of the importance of letting the government know their whereabouts, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
He told the paper the Foreign Office had drawn up contingency plans in case the situation in Greece worsens and puts Britons at risk.
Holidaymakers are advised to register with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 'Locate' service, which takes a note of their contact details so the local embassy or consulate can get in touch in the event of a crisis or emergency.
To register, holidaymakers can visit www.locate.fco.gov.uk
Violent demonstrations against the Greek government's austerity measures have been taking place for months and these could worsen after it agreed yesterday to additional cutbacks in return for a further €130bn rescue package.
On Sunday night 3,000 protesters clashed with riot police in Athen's Syntagma square. A further demonstration is planned in the square on February 29.
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