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(May 11, 2015) Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Rome, Italy

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The Italian State Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have advised the U.S. Embassy that on Tuesday, May 12th a demonstration sponsored by Confederazione dei Comitati di Base (COBAS) to protest new education reform will take place from 09:00 to approximately 14:00.

Approximately 2000 participants are expected to attend the demonstration and will take the following route:  Piazza della Repubblica – Via delle Terme di Diocleziano – Via Amendola – Via Cavour – Largo Corrado Ricci – Via dei Fori Imperiali – Piazza Venezia – Via Cesare Battisti – Piazza SS. Apostoli.

Police will be on the scene to monitor the event.  They expect the demonstration to be peaceful. 

Please see the attached map.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens and their families avoid the area near the demonstrations and exercise caution if walking or driving near the area.

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.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Italy enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read theCountry Specific Information for Italy.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome is located at Via V. Veneto, 121, 00187, Rome, and is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm on weekdays, and can be reached at (+39) 06-4674-1 (telephone number), (+39) 06-4674-2244 (fax) .  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, you may reach the Embassy Duty Officer via the above number.


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