The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau informs U.S. citizens in Moldova that On Sunday, 6 September, at approximately 12:00pm, a protest/march will commence on the main square in downtown Chisinau. Approximately 40,000 – 50,000 protesters are anticipated to participate. The organizer of the protest, the civic platform Dignity and Truth, announced the protest via local news channels and labelled it a “Great Popular Assembly.” Dignity and Truth is reaching out across all parties and encouraging individuals especially youth to participate collectively under the Moldovan and European Union flags. As protest plans have expanded, another group has indicated an alternate protest route, starting in front of the Moldova Academy of Sciences, located on 1 Stefan cel Mare Blvd. and continuing on Stefan cel Mare Blvd in the direction of the Main Square to join other protesters.
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).