The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau informs U.S. citizens in Moldova that the protest in the Main Square is expected to continue throughout this weekend. Since last weekend, a semi-permanent tent city has been erected at the protest site, and increasing numbers of protest participants are remaining on site. On Sunday at 12:00, protest leaders have stated there will be a major announcement in front of the Government Building on the Great Assembly Square on Blvd. Stefan Cel Mare, and that they anticipate the crowd could reach 200,000 people. American personnel are advised to avoid the downtown area during this event.
The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational. Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Large public gatherings can affect all major incoming arteries to the city in which they occur. Demonstrations in one city have the potential to lead to additional public rallies or demonstrations in other locations around the city and country.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Moldova Country Specific Information.
- 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 Moldova, located at 103 Str. Alexei Mateevici, at +373 22 408-300 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +373 22 237-345/408-445.
- 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).