Demonstration Alert:  Protest at the Ministry of Agriculture, Downtown Sofia

Event:  Today, Thursday November 30, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., a protest is planned at the Ministry of Agriculture on Hristo Botev St. in downtown Sofia.  Protestors expect 20 busses and approximately 200 vehicles.  The protest will end at the Triangle of Power in Downtown Sofia.

Authorities believe anywhere from 600 to 3000 people will participate.

Please anticipate road closures and an increased police presence in this area. This may result in delays, roadblocks, and in a general increase in normal weekday traffic throughout downtown Sofia. Please note that the demonstration times and road closures are subject to change.

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

Assistance:

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)
ACS_Sofia@state.gov
https://bg.usembassy.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Bulgaria Country Information
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