This message is to inform U.S. citizens of demonstrations on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
On Saturday, October 17th, a motor rally through Sofia (time and route unknown) is expected to make its way to the Russian Embassy. Two such rallies, showing support for “Russia in Syria,” took place in Varna earlier this week with approximately 20 supporters per rally. The group has not officially requested a permit from the Sofia Municipality.
On Sunday, October 18th, a protest is scheduled to occur in front of the U.S. Embassy. The group, Common Front, has filed for and received a permit from the Sofia Municipality to gather in front of the Embassy to deliver speeches between 1600 and 1800 hrs. Expected turnout for this event is 60-100 protesters.
U.S. Citizens may wish to avoid these areas prior to and during the events. Even events 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.
Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy in Sofia at the number below. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bulgaria’s Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, located at 16, Kozyak St., Sofia 1408, at (+359 2) 937-5100, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+359 2) 937-5101; fax (+359 2) 937-5209. The website is http://bg.usembassy.gov.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).