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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
February 18, 2021

Location: Tbilisi and around Georgia

Event:  Unplanned protests could arise in response to developments regarding the Prime Minister’s resignation and the possibility that the United National Movement opposition party chair could be detained.  While the Embassy is unaware of any scheduled demonstrations in connection with these developments, unannounced gatherings in reaction to these events may take place in Tbilisi or other parts of the country.

Demonstrations and rallies intended to be peaceful have turned confrontational and violent in the past.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid areas with a large police presence, which is an indicator of large gatherings, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations.  U.S. government personnel who are in hotels, restaurants, or other businesses near protest activity are advised to remain in the building until crowds dissipate.

The Parliament and State Chancellery buildings in downtown Tbilisi are common staging areas for large protests.  These activities may pose significant challenges to travelers transiting through downtown Tbilisi.  U.S. government personnel are advised to allow plenty of time to get to their destinations and exercise caution when in the vicinity of large gatherings.

Separately, the Embassy is aware of at least two announced rallies or demonstrations scheduled to take place in Tbilisi next week:

  • On Thursday, February 25, a demonstration organized by the Shame Movement will take place at 6:00 p.m. in front of Parliament on Rustaveli Avenue.  Opposition parties announced that this will be a joint protest as the date coincides with Soviet Occupation Day when the Red Army invaded Georgia in 1921.
  • On Friday, February 26, a rally organized by the Women’s Movement will take place at 5:00 p.m. from Rose Revolution Square to Liberty (Freedom) Square and the nearby State Chancellery complex.  This “March of 1,000 Parents” is in response to the recent suicide of a 14-year-old girl and calls for women’s rights and rule of law reforms.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Review your personal security plans.