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(June 18, 2014) – Security Message – Protest in Rome - Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Rome, Italy

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest in Rome

June 18, 2014

U.S. Embassy Rome informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration sponsored by private Ukrainian citizens that is set to take place on Thursday, June 19 to protest against U.S. “interference” in Ukraine.  According to police, the protest will be located on the corner of Via Veneto and Via Bissolati, by the BNL bank.  The demonstration will start at 11:00 and will end at 13:00.  The police expect approximately 30 participants.  Police state they will be present to monitor the event.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any 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) at travel.state.gov.  STEP 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 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 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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