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(November 20, 2014) Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Scheduled on November 21, 2014 in Naples, Italy

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Friday, November 21st: 20,000 people from “FIOM’, the metalworkers union, will demonstrate in the Naples area. Workers from “Ilva” from Taranto will also participate.  Buses/cars will arrive in the city center; therefore traffic will be heavy.  The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 09:30 from Piazza Mancini and continue to Piazza Matteotti through Corso Umberto I, Piazza Bovio Via S. Felice and Via Diaz; see map below.  The police will be present to monitor the event.

The U.S. Consulate in Naples recommends that U.S. citizens and their families avoid the area near the demonstrations and exercise caution if walking or driving in close proximity to 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 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.

For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Consulate’s American Citizens Services Unit at (+39) 081-583-8220 or e-mail: uscitizensnaples@state.gov. For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Consulate’s Duty Officer (+39) 081-583-8221.  The Consulate is located at Piazza della Repubblica - 80122 Napoli.

 

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