Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovakia

Location:   A march through Old Town beginning at Teplaren Bar, Zamocka Street, and ending at SNP Square
Time:         Vigil and march begins at 17:00; remarks at SNP Square are scheduled to begin around 17:30

Event: In response to the shootings that occurred Wednesday evening that targeted members of Bratislava’s LGBTQI+ community, various organizers will hold a vigil and march today.  This is expected to gather thousands of participants.  The embassy has been in constant communication with Slovak Police leadership and has received no indication of any threats or other specific security concerns.  All indications from organizers and police predict that today’s event will be peaceful. However, Slovak Police have indicated that they will have a large police presence to provide support in the event an incident does occur.

Actions to Take:

  •        Pay attention to your surroundings and exercise caution.
  •        If attending, stay with the larger group and make contingency plans to leave if needed.
  •        Keep cellphones charged and monitor local media for updates: Slovak Spectatoris a local English language newspaper; Radio RSI is a radio station with some English.

Assistance:

  •    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 Slovakia located at Hviezdoslavovo namestie 4-5 in Bratislava, at +02 5443 0861, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +0903 703 666.
  •    To reach Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C., call 1-888-407-4747toll-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).
  •    Visit the wepage of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava
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