Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Sarajevo on Sunday 12/17

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Sarajevo on Sunday 12/17

December 15, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo advises U.S. citizens that individuals and groups opposed to the recent announcement that the U.S. government recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are planning a protest in Sarajevo this Sunday, December 17, 2017.

The planned start time is 12:45 at the Sebilj fountain in Baščaršija. U.S. Embassy personnel are being directed to avoid the area of this protest and to exercise caution in the vicinity of the Embassy for the duration of the protest.

U.S. Embassy Sarajevo reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. 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. 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.

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  • See the Department of State’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bosnia Country Specific Information.
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