Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Sofia (Bulgaria), Pride Parade and Counterdemonstrations on June 10

U.S. Embassy Sofia informs U.S. citizens that on Saturday June 10, 2017 the Pride Parade in Sofia will be held from 18:00 to 22:00. The group will gather at the Monument of the Soviet Army. A counterdemonstration has also been scheduled in the same location, and the two groups will begin their events at approximately the same time. Given the proximity of time and place of these two events, the embassy cautions that violent confrontations could occur.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council