Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (June 5, 2020)
Locations: Beirut and Tripoli, Lebanon
Events: Protests in Beirut and Tripoli are planned for Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Large protests under the slogan “Great Day of Rage” are planned for Beirut’s Martyr’s Square and Tripoli’s Nour Square starting at 3 p.m. on June 6. Based on calls for participation by disparate groups, these are expected to be the largest protests since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Media outlets report that participants plan to protest a variety of issues, including government corruption, the country’s economic crisis, and opposition to Hizballah’s weaponry in Lebanon.
The Embassy has also received reports of a planned demonstration in solidarity with U.S. protests against racism and police brutality at Awkar Square near the Embassy at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 7. Protesters may also stage a similar demonstration at the same place and time on Saturday, June 6.
Since October 17, 2019, Lebanon has witnessed multiple demonstrations. While most protests have been peaceful, there is potential for a rapid escalation of violence. U.S. citizens should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.
Actions to take:
- Monitor our embassy website and check your email for further alerts.
- Avoid the area of demonstrations.
- Follow the instructions of local authorities.
For further detailed information regarding travel and security in Lebanon:
- Visit the State Department’s travel website Travel.State.Gov to review the Lebanon Travel Advisory, Country-Specific Information for Lebanon, and the Worldwide Caution.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive the latest security updates and make it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Twitter and Facebook