Demonstration Alert: Nicosia, Cyprus

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus 

Event: A demonstration is expected on Saturday, February 20, at Kolokasi Park in Nicosia.  Several organizations are coordinating and supporting the demonstration to protest government issued COVID-19 lockdown measures and police brutality.  The demonstration is scheduled to start at 16:00 and is expected to draw between 1,000 and 3,000 demonstrators.  Police will be present and monitoring the event. 

All U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas located near Kolokasi Park on Saturday afternoon.  U.S. citizens are also advised thatunder current COVID-19 restrictions, demonstrations, and the participation in demonstrations, is prohibited. 

All citizens should exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings, particularly around large crowds or gatherings.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can become confrontational and possibly escalate into violence with little or no warning.  The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and will send an update if new information arises. 

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