The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn informs U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, from 14:00 to 15:15 in front of the U.S. Embassy. The stated purpose is to express solidarity with Native Americans against the Dakota Pipeline Protest as well as to support the U.S. government in its work to find a non-violent solution to the issue. At 15:15, the demonstrators plan to march to Freedom Square. The demonstration is expected to conclude at 16:00 at Freedom Square. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the area during the demonstration and remain cognizant that the security situation can change rapidly in these scenarios.
Demonstration activities are expected to include prayers, singing, speeches, guitars, and drums. Attendance should be quite low, but if the crowd grows large enough they may use a small portable amplifier. Demonstrators are not expected to have any stages, tents, or other large items. The event has been mentioned in the press, so the media may be on site as well.
Even demonstrations or gatherings 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.
For further information about security in Estonia:
· See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Country Specific Information for Estonia. For additional information, refer to the "Traveler's Checklist" on the State Department's website.
· 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 Estonia, located at Kentmanni 20, Tallinn at +372-668-8128,8:30 am - 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +372 509-2129, or if there is no answer, please call +372-668-8169. Inquiries about American citizen services provided by the Embassy's Consular Section may be directed to ACSTallinn@state.gov.
· Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).