Event: Over the past few weeks, mainstream and social media have reported extensively on the upcoming Victory Day anniversary on May 9 and have warned of the possibility for violence or civil unrest connected with the day. The U.S. Embassy and Estonian security services are not aware of any specific events that might result in violence or civil unrest, but as a precaution Estonian Police have banned all gatherings through May 10, and any groups organizing Victory Day gatherings, or for any other reason, will be challenged by police.
The U.S. Embassy cautions that violence can be spontaneous and unplanned, and even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid World War II-era memorials and/or cemeteries on May 9.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid crowds.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep a low profile.
U.S. Embassy Tallinn
+372 668 8100
After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +372 509 2129
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 202-501-4444 (overseas) or 888-407-4747 (from within the U.S.)