Location: Public areas throughout Minsk and the rest of Belarus.
Event: Last week, a “People’s Ultimatum” was declared calling for the Government of Belarus to meet certain demands by the deadline of October 25. As part of the ultimatum, if demands were not met, consequences were also announced (protests, strikes, blocking traffic, and other measures). Considering the ultimatum, security forces and protesters might escalate their use of force during protests, demonstrations, rallies, and other similar large gatherings.
The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens to exercise increased awareness and vigilance regarding potential rallies, assemblies, protests, and demonstrations within the Republic of Belarus, following the August 9 presidential elections, September 23 presidential inauguration, and October 25 deadline of the “People’s Ultimatum.”
Media reports have highlighted demonstrations, anti-government protests, pro-government rallies, as well as arrests and detentions of participants and bystanders in such activities. Law enforcement authorities have detained and arrested some participants and organizers of these events for alleged violations of Belarusian law.
Events such as demonstrations, protests, or political gatherings have occurred daily since August 9, and may continue to occur. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large gatherings could form at various locations throughout Minsk or the country.
The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to avoid public demonstrations, to remain aware of their surroundings, and that gatherings intended to be peaceful can quickly become confrontational and escalate into violence. Furthermore, these activities may cause disruptions to public transportation services, traffic delays and/or street closures, and an increased police presence around rally sites.
As the political and security situation develops, U.S. citizens are advised to consider transportation and travel options, such as public transportation, flight availability and land border crossings, that allow you and your family members to maintain personal safety.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid mass gatherings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Maintain at least a three-day supply of food, water, medications, cash and other essential items for emergency use.
- Carry proper identification at all times, including a U.S. passport with a current Belarusian visa or valid visa-free entry stamp.
- U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus
+375 17 210-12-83 / 217-7347 / 217-7348
+375 29 676-0134 (after hours for American Citizens) firstname.lastname@example.org
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Belarus Country Specific Information
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