A demonstration is expected to occur at the Council of Ministers building beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022. Current information suggests this demonstration will be held daily starting August 29 and lasting until September 08, 2022.
One thousand to two thousand participants are expected to demonstrate in front of the Council of Ministers, and many intend to occupy the space in front of the building using tents for the duration of the event.
The demonstration seeks to address the resignation of the acting Minister of Energy as well as contracts with Gazprom.
Event: Local authorities advise that this protest can result in possible provocations. It is recommended that all U.S. citizens and their family members avoid the areas impacted by demonstration activities for their duration. An additional police presence could lead to heavier than normal traffic delays on Dondukov and Tsar Osvoboditel boulevards as well as in the greater vicinity. Please note that demonstration activities and locations can change quickly.
Actions to Take:
- Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent.
- Avoid areas of demonstrations.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly found in the vicinity of large gatherings or demonstrations.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Keep a low profile.
- U.S. Citizens are advised to call the police (#112), seek a safe location, and wait for assistance from the police
- U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria
+359-2-937-5100 (business hours)
+359-2-937-5101 (after hours—emergencies only—arrest, death, or danger to the safety and security of U.S. citizens)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Bulgaria Country Information
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