The Arch is the usual place of protest in Athens.
On Wednesday night, about 50 people gathered there with signs to protest the impending execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, convicted 22 years ago of murdering a Savannah policeman.
Davis was to be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m., but the U.S. Supreme Court issued an eleventh-hour delay of his execution. Update: After deliberating, the Supreme Court declined to stay the execution, which occurred after 10:30 p.m.
Voices from across the country and around the world spoke in favor of Davis, believing he is innocent, among them the Pope, former President Jimmy Carter and the head of Amnesty International. Supporters believe the facts of the case raised serious doubts about Davis' guilt.