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Demonstrations in Croatia April 15-16, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb informs U.S. citizens that Croatian authorities have authorized demonstrations on Friday, April 15 at 0900 at Trg Bana Jelicica (Central Square) in Zagreb, and Saturday, April 16 scheduled for 1200 also at Trg Bana Jelicica. These demonstrations could attract 20,000-30,000 participants and last several hours. U.S. citizens should avoid the city center area on Friday for the duration of the event, as previous demonstrations have moved throughout the area. U.S. citizens should also avoid central Zagreb City on Saturday, April 16 during that demonstration. U.S. Embassy Zagreb will issue additional warnings about protests if more information becomes available.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. You should avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. You should also monitor news reports about any possible events that may affect your travels within Croatia. There is often a heavier than usual police presence in areas where demonstrations are taking place and traffic may slow or stop until well after the demonstration ends.

You can stay in touch and get U.S. Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Zagreb website, Embassy Zagreb website. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website at, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

We encourage U.S. citizens living or traveling in Croatia to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy.

The Special Consular Services Unit within U.S. Embassy Zagreb (non passport and citizenship related services) can be reached at +385 1-661-2276, during Embassy business hours. For emergency services after business hours, please call +385 1-661-2200 and ask to speak with the duty officer. If you are a U.S. citizen with an after-hours emergency, please call our emergency number. You can also e-mail the Special Consular Services Unit at Please pass along this information to U.S. citizens in your area or put this information on your notice boards for dissemination. Thank you for your cooperation.