Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Bratislava, Slovakia (November 17, 2020)

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Event: Large and potentially violent demonstrations against local government policies, including COVID restrictions, are expected to occur tomorrow, November 17, at approximately 1200 hours.  The Government of Slovakia has not granted permission for the demonstration, which is expected to be similar to October 17 protests that involved several hundred demonstrators, some clashing with police.

Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Bratislava, Slovakia:

  • Old Town
  • Presidential Palace/Freedom Square
  • Main Train Station
  • SNP Square
  • Prime Minister’s Office

November 17 demonstrations will likely include participation by hooligans and ultra/neo-Nazi groups.  Demonstrators plan to gather at SNP Square around 1200 hours, and will likely join another gathering near the Main Train Station before merging with a third group at Hodzovo Square and Freedom Square.

Slovak police are prepared for the protest and are advising avoidance of the area, especially given indication some protestors may come armed and ready for confrontation.  Demonstrations will impact traffic.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates: Slovak Spectator is a local English language newspaper; Radio RSI is a radio station with some English
  • Keep a low profile.

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 1-888-407-4747 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).
  • Visit the wepage of the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava
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