Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 7, 2019)
Location: Cinema locations in Tbilisi and Batumi, November 8-10 at various showtimes between 7:00pm and 11:00pm.
Event: Potential Protest Activity at Movie Screenings
Various groups are calling for protests against the screening of the movie “And Then We Danced” in Georgia November 8 – 10. Many of these individuals are from the same groups who used violent anti-LGBT rhetoric and staged demonstrations in June in response to planned Pride Week activities. Furthermore, several of their recent statements are anti-American in nature and falsely claim that the U.S. and other Western governments “ordered” that the screenings take place.
In addition, anti-LGBT supporters may gather tomorrow (November 8) at 4:00pm in Vera Park (200 meters from Amirani cinema) and then stage outside the Amirani and Galleria cinemas ahead of the screenings. Protest activity may occur outside other cinema locations too (including Saburtalo Mall, Tbilisi Mall, and East Point Mall in Tbilisi, and Apolo cinema in Batumi). The Georgian Ministry of Interior is aware of this potential protest activity and has stated that they will ensure public safety and order.
U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid any and all large gatherings as the potential for unanticipated violence exists.
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.
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
(995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30)
(995)(32) 227-7000 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Georgia Country Information
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Please see U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Security Message on Demonstrations: https://ge.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
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