Location: Public areas throughout Minsk and the rest of Belarus.
Event: The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise increased awareness and vigilance regarding potential rallies, assemblies, protests, and demonstrations within the Republic of Belarus following the presidential elections. These gatherings are ongoing with no estimate for when they will end. Internet access throughout much of the country has been limited, or completely blocked, which makes it difficult to assess conditions in specific regions of the country. U.S. citizens are therefore advised to be cautious when moving around the country, particularly in the evening and overnight.
Although the U.S. Embassy is not aware of legally authorized demonstrations or protests, such events may occur spontaneously with increasing frequency or little advanced notice. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens and Embassy personnel that authorized or unauthorized gatherings could develop at various locations throughout Minsk or the country.
The U.S. Embassy reminds 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.
Actions to Take:
· Avoid mass gatherings.
· Monitor local media for updates.
· Be aware of your surroundings.
· Carry proper Identification, 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
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