Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location:

Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23: Possible protest activities in downtown Tbilisi, especially along Rustaveli Avenue in the vicinity of Parliament. Possible targeting of Americans at venues throughout the city known to attract American and European patrons.

Event:

Following the violent escalation of last night’s demonstrations in downtown Tbilisi, including use of tear gas and rubber bullets by police, additional protest activity is expected to occur tonight and possibly throughout the weekend.  Public Pride Week events may also occur over the weekend at undisclosed locations in Tbilisi. Based on violent, anti-American rhetoric from anti-LGBT groups, the embassy has determined that there is increased risk that Americans could be targeted. U.S. government personnel have been directed not to participate in any demonstrations and to avoid any areas where a large crowd is gathering.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid demonstration activity.
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.

Assistance: 

Please see U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Security Message on Demonstrations: https://ge.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/