Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Event:  The U.S. Consulate General has received reports of a planned protest scheduled in the Central Business District (CBD) of Melbourne for Saturday, September 18, 2021. The protest is expected to begin at approximately 12:00 p.m., and progress from Flagstaff Gardens to Spring Street.

The protest is reportedly in opposition to the continuing lockdown. Previous protests included several thousand people and occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries and police action. A robust police presence is expected throughout Melbourne to prevent the intended protestors from gathering as a group. Therefore, it is likely that enforcement of the 5km rule and Victoria’s “Five Reasons for Leaving Home” will occur throughout the city. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

The U.S. Consulate General in Melbourne will be closed for routine in-person consular services during this time.  U.S. citizens in need of critical emergency services should contact MelbourneACS@state.gov or call (03) 9526-5900.

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