U.S. Embassy Chisinau, Moldova
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Victory Day Celebrations on May 9th
May 8, Protected content
U.S. Embassy Chisinau informs U.S. citizens that on Friday, May 9, large demonstrations are scheduled to take place in Chisinau’s city center to celebrate “Victory Day.” The demonstrations are expected to be peaceful, however U.S. citizens are advised to avoid these areas due to large crowds, heavy traffic congestion and the possibility of tensions between the diverse parties involved.
Schedule of events:
Communist Party March:
At 9:00 a.m., participants (approx. 10,000), including members of the Communist and anti-fascist parties, plan to gather on Stefan Cel Mare Square and march to the WWII “Eternity” Memorial.
Planned route: Stefan Cel Mare Square to Banulescu Bodoni Str. to A. Mateevici Str. to Vasile Alecsandri Str. to Pan Halipa Str. to the “Eternity” Memorial.
Socialist Party March:
Participants plan to march from the Academy of Science to Stefan Cel Mare Blvd. to Izmail Str. to Pan Halipa Str. and arrive at the “Eternity” Memorial at 10:00 a.m.
Participants plan to gather in Gaudeamus Square and arrive at the WWII “Eternity” Memorial at 9:00 a.m. A concert will follow at Opera House Square headlined by Russian singer Iurii Antonov.
BE ADVISED: Participants in the Communist and Socialist Party marches may try to attend this concert as well. Clashes between the opposing parties are possible.
At 12:00 p.m., the Union Council will hold a Commemoration Prayer at the Graveyard of Honor in Lower Botanica, Chisinau Protected content Str.).
There will be a substantial police presence downtown that will separate the groups, using fencing and other temporary barricades. There is no information to suggest the event will turn physically violent, however, large crowds of diverse interests may increase the risk of confrontations.
Due to heavy pedestrian traffic and road closures, we advise U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area if possible. Even demonstrations 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.