United States Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Tbilisi on April 24, 2015
Date: April 23, 2015
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration expected to take place in Tbilisi on Friday, 24 April 2015, starting at 2:00pm.
The demonstration is expected to begin at Vake Park and then move towards the Turkish Embassy on Chavchavadze Avenue to commemorate the centennial of the events of 1915. According to social media the demonstration is expected to draw 1,000 participants and a counter-demonstration is expected. The demonstration may last several hours and will severely impact traffic and pedestrian movement in the area during that time. Expect Chavchavadze Avenue to be closed.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Georgia enroll in the Department of States Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Georgia at:http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/georgia.html. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
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The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is located at # 11 George Balanchine Street; 0131 Tbilisi, Georgia and is open 9.00 A.M. – 6.00 P.M., (Tel: 995-32) 227-7724. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the after-hours emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (995 32) 227-7000. If calling from the local cell phone: (032) 227-7000.