Demonstration Notice – U.S. Embassy Vienna

(January 13-15, 2022) 

Locations:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, Vienna’s 1st District, including: 

–Mariahilferstrasse / Human Rights Square  

–Heldenplatz (in front of the Hofburg Palace) 

–Rathaus 

— Siegmund Freud Park (next to Votivkirche) 

Events:  

–Thursday, January 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Mariahilferstrasse / Human Rights SquareOrganizers are calling for a demonstration in support of human rights. A large number of protestors are expected, and counter-protests are possible. 

— Saturday, January 15, noon to 6 p.m., at Heldenplatz (in front of the Imperial Hofburg Palace):  Up to 100,000 protestors and 1,000 police officers are expected at a major demonstration against COVID-19 measures including mandatory vaccinations. Vienna ordinances now prohibit demonstrations in business areas during opening hours, however some groups have called for spontaneous gatherings in defiance of these ordinances. Expect a heavy police presence and major disruptions to traffic and public transportation along the Ring Road and downtown area. Counter-protests are possible.  

Other planned minor demonstrations for various causes: 

–Friday, January 14 to Saturday, January 15 at midnight at the Rathaus.  

–Saturday, June 15, noon to 6 p.m. at Siegmund Freud Park (next to Votivkirche). 

Most demonstrations in Vienna are peaceful, orderly, and well-policed. However, all demonstrations and protests should be avoided as they are often unpredictable in nature. In addition to these registered demonstrations, flash protests are always possible. 

Actions to take: 

-Avoid the areas of demonstrations. 

-Follow the instructions of authorities and road signs regarding closures and detours. 

-Exercise caution if you unexpectedly find yourself in the vicinity of large gatherings or demonstrations. 

-Monitor local media for updates. 

-Keep a low profile. 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Vienna – Consular Section
+43 1 313-39-7535 (weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
+43 1 313-39-0 (after hours, weekends and holidays)
ConsulateVienna@state.gov

Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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