Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Downtown Podgorica

October 22, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica informs U.S. citizens that protests are scheduled for Saturday, October 24starting at 1900.  Members of some opposition parties will march from Republic Square (Trg Republika) to gather in front of the Parliament Building, which is located on Boulevard Svetog Petra Cetinjskog between Boulevard Stanka Dragojevica and Njegoseva Street, to protest against the government.  Two recent protests involving the same groups resulted in several injuries to protesters and police officers.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  The Embassy additionally recommends avoiding unnecessary travel within Montenegro onSaturday October 24 the day of the protests.

Review your personal security plans.  Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Montenegro Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to be located in an emergency.
  • The U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Podgorica, located at Dzona Dzeksona 2, 81000 Podgorica, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is 382 (0) 20 410 500.
  • 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).
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