On 20 August 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli released a Warden Message which reads in part as follows: “This warden message alerts U.S. citizens to avoid demonstrations and large crowds on August 20 and 21, and to maintain vigilance in daily activities.
“It is possible that gatherings related to the August 20 release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi from Scottish prison and his subsequent return to Libya will occur in Tripoli on Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21. Reliable reports also indicate that a large Youth Rally is planned for Algiers Square and Green Square in downtown Tripoli the evening of August 20. All American citizens are advised to postpone non-essential travel near downtown Tripoli the evening of August 20, and to avoid other demonstrations and large crowds August 20-21.
“The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Serraj neighborhood on the connection road with Krimia neighborhood. The Chinese Ambassador’s residence is on the same road. Our phone numbers are (091) 379-4560 during business hours or (091) 366-2696 (which is also the after-hours number for emergencies involving American citizens).”