Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fire-related demonstrations throughout Portugal


October 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in ten of Portugal’s districts on October 21, 2017. The majority of gatherings will begin at 4:00 p.m. The Portugal Group Against the Fires will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the management of the recent fires and forest policies, while paying homage to fire victims. The largest demonstration is expected to take place at Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio. The protest organizers anticipate there will be approximately 9,000 people at that event. Other demonstrations will take place in Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Leiria, Braga, Guarda, and Bragança.

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.

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