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(December 12, 2014) Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Today - December 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy

The Italian State Police have advised the U.S. Embassy in Rome of three  demonstrations today, from 09:00 to 14:00, as follow sponsored by CGIL (one of the three main labor unions): the demonstrators, according to the Police about 2,000 will march through the following route:

1) (See the map) Piazza Esquilino, via Cavour, Largo Corrado Ricci, via dei Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia, via Cesare Battisti, Piazza SS. Apostoli

2) (See the map) Demonstration organized by the students might, about 3,000, also be taking place during the same time frame.  The students will gather by: Porta San Paolo and move toward the Ministry of Public Education located on Viale Trastevere.

3) (See the map) Demonstration organized by the labor unions CGIL and UIL. The demonstration will start at 0930. The demonstrators will gather at Piazza della Repubblica and will march to Piazza Santissimi Apostoli taking the following routes: Via Cavour and Piazza Venezia.

The Police will be monitoring all the demonstrations. There is the possibility of infiltrations by violent groups and clashes between the Demonstrators and Police.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends U.S. citizens and their families avoid the areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests or demonstrations.  (Please see maps).

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) 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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