Updated 21 June 2019
About 10,000 protesters gathered outside parliament on Thursday, June 20 following a controversial address by Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov sparking outrage in the “fiercely pro-Western” ex-Soviet nation. Some pushed through police cordons in attempts to enter parliament courtyard and were pushed back.
Protest continued peacefully until midnight when riot police started firing rubber bullets and tear gas. About 3,000 protesters returned to continue protesting.
Authorities reporting 39 police officers and 30 protesters were hospitalized. Dozens injured.
Protesters are demanding snap parliamentary polls and resignation of parliament speaker and Interior Minister.
Further protests/demonstrations were being called for Friday evening at 19:00 on Restaveli Avenue.
Disrupted modes of transportation
Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites
Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice
Protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent
Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
If you are caught in a blockade:
Do not exit your vehicle
Call the authorities:
Emergency Services: 112
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
(995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30)
(995)(32) 227-7000 (after hours)
Allow extra time for travel
Monitor local and social media for updates
Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy
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