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(November 25, 2014) Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration on November 26, 2014 in Rome, Italy

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The Italian State Police advised the U.S. Embassy in Rome of a demonstration by workers from ThyssenKrupp and AST, scheduled for Wednesday, November 26, from 13:00 to 20:00 near the Ministry of Economic Development, at Via Molise 2. This is approximately 200 meters from the Via Veneto compound.

The Police informed the U.S. Embassy that they estimate there will be approximately 300 demonstrators present.  The Police will monitor the protest.  When this group protested recently there were confrontations between the police and protestors.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends U.S. citizens and their families avoid the area near the demonstration and exercise caution if walking or driving in proximity of the affected area.  (Please see map).

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 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 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) or uscitizensrome@state.gov .  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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