Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia (May 1, 2018)
Location: Gatherings throughout downtown Yerevan, Armenia and other parts of Armenia.
Event: Demonstrations that began on April 13 continue throughout Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Spitak, Armavir and other locations in Armenia with no set end date. The groups are protesting the Armenian government. Recent protests have encountered a large police/security force presence and these forces have detained individuals in the area of the protests. The largest protests, exceeding 100,000 people, have assembled in Republic Square in the center of downtown, especially during the evening hours. This has caused significant congestion in an area surrounded by restaurants, shopping, and hotels. Protesters have blocked roads without notice, which affects traffic flows and routes.
Following the May 1 vote by the Parliament of Armenia, there have been renewed calls for widespread protests and massive road closures which could also impact the metro, railroad, and airport beginning May 2, 2018 at 0815. You are advised to check in advance of your travel with the airlines and the airport regarding potential delays.
U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid lingering in areas with large groups of protestors as even peaceful gatherings can turn confrontational without warning.
The U.S. Embassy continues to be fully operational.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Keep a low profile.
- Notify friends and family of your safety.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444