Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania:

  • Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard, in the vicinity of the Prime Minister’s Office
  • Zogu i Zi area
  • Qyteti Studenti
  • Selman Stermasi Stadium

Event: A demonstration is expected to take place today. Demonstrators will reportedly gather at the Zogu i Zi area (Black Eagle Square), Qyteti Studenti (Student City), Selman Stermasi Stadium, and other locations around the city in the morning, then move towards the Prime Minister’s Office to gather around 11:00 a.m. The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government. The duration of the demonstration is unknown and it is possible demonstrators may march to new locations during their protest. The potential for violence exists. Similar recent demonstrations turned violent and resulted in multiple injuries to demonstrators and police.

U.S. Embassy personnel and family members have been directed to avoid all gathering points and locations where demonstrations are imminent or ongoing.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid large gatherings and any areas where demonstrations are imminent or ongoing, to include all demonstration gathering points.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile