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(April 11, 2014) – Security Message – Demonstration in Rome, Italy - Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Police advised the U.S. Embassy in Rome that on Saturday, April 12, a large demonstration against Italian Government policies will take place in Rome, from 1400 to 2000. Sponsored by various antagonist groups (such as anarchists, No Tav, etc.) the demonstration will start at Piazzale Porta Pia and move along the following route:

Piazzale Porta Pia > Corso Italia > Piazza Fiume > via Piave > via XX Settembre > Largo Santa Susanna > via Barberini > Piazza Barberini > via Veneto (up to via Molise) > Piazza Barberini, via del Tritone > Traforo > via Milano > via Nazionale > Piazza della Repubblica > viale Einaudi > via Solferino > Piazza Indipendenza > via San Martino della Battaglia > viale Castro Pretorio > viale del Policlino > Piazza Porta Pia.

This demonstration is expected to be quite large, up to 20,000 participants. Given the nature of the event organizers and the large number of participants, Police  believe there is a potential for low-level violence during the demonstration.

While Police are notified, prepared, and will be standing by to contain such unrest, the U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends that U.S. citizens and their families avoid the demonstration route and exercise caution if walking or driving in the proximity of the affected areas.

We remind you that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

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) at travel.state.govSTEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or nearest U.S. 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 the Country Specific Information for (Name of Country).  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 Sallustiana 49 and can be reached at (+39) 06-4674-1. The Consular Section is located at  Via Veneto 121 and can be reached at: uscitizensrome@state.gov;  the fax number is (+39) 06-4674-2244.

 

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