Demonstration Alert

March 21, 2019

Location: Beginning at the 7th kilometer of Tsarigradsko Shose, along Tsarigradsko Shose to Eagles’ Bridge and onward to the area of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Square.

Event: A demonstration, specifically a motorcade protest, is expected to take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019, beginning at 3 P.M. The Sofia Drivers Initiative Committee intends to protest an unregulated transportation company. The protest is supported by the National Taxi Syndicate, Taxi Union, and multiple other taxi or transportation companies. Approximately 5,000 participants are expected. Protest organizers have vowed to begin clearing starting at 4 P.M.

U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the affected areas from 1 P.M. onward.

U.S. Embassy Sofia remains open for normal operations.

Actions to take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.

U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 (2) 937-5100
+359 (2) 937-5101 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

Bulgaria Country Information

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