Alert: Security Alert: Large gatherings in Bratislava city center December 11th – 14th, 2023

Subject: Security Alert – Large gatherings in Bratislava on December 11th to 14th, 2023

Location: Bratislava City Center

Events:  Large atherings in protest to government actions; Soccer match

Various organizers have called on people to protest against the recent abolishment of the Special Prosecutor’s Office.  Slovak police expect that numbers could reach into the thousands and there is a chance of road closures and traffic disruptions.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas and plan accordingly.

Location:    SNP Square

Date:         December 11th – 13th

Time:         17:00 to TBD

 

Location:   Slobody Square

Date:        December 12th – 15th

Time:        17:00 to TBD

Additionally, we  would like to advise the community of a soccer match that will take place this week between Slovan Bratislava and Olimpija Ljubljana.  There will be a large police presence but there is still a potential for clashes between rival fans.  Please avoid large groups of soccer fans and use caution in bars and restaurants in Old Town as it is likely that many of these businesses will be patronized by fans from both teams both during and after the match.

Location:   National Soccer Stadium

Date:         December 14th

Time:         19:00 to TBD

Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advises U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution.

U.S. citizens should:

  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
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