A protest is planned today, July 6, in front of the Parliament building at 20:00hrs tonight. U.S. Government personnel are advised that the demonstrators will protest the violent attacks on journalists yesterday that occurred during anti-LGBTQI+ protests. A far-right group that was involved in violence on July 5th and is opposed to LGBTQI+ rights has called for a counter-protest to occur at 19:00hrs on Rustaveli Avenue, and another is falsely labeling the protest the “Pride March” online. It is important to remember that large crowds are unpredictable and confrontations and violence between event attendees, counterdemonstrators, and police can occur without warning. Additionally, there has been a significant amount of violence during Pride week events. U.S. Government personnel are advised to exercise caution when traveling downtown and avoid the gathering.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid the areas on the dates/times described above.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Keep a low profile.
- Notify friends and family of your whereabouts.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
(995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30)
(995)(32) 227-7000 (after hours)
State Department â€“ Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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