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(October 1, 2014) - Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Expected in Downtown Naples

The Digos (Italian State Police) has informed the U.S. Consulate General in Naples that tomorrow, October 2, there will be a large demonstration of approximately 2000 people protesting the European Central Bank (ECB) near the Museum of Capodimonte. The ECB will be meeting at the Capodimonte Royal Palace.  In preparation, local law enforcement plan to deploy 2,000 law enforcement officers including Polizia, Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza to ensure security and prevent possible violent demonstrations near the venue and in downtown Naples.

The Italian President will also be in Naples on October 2 to attend the 2014 European Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) Assembly with the EU Commissioner at the Maritime Station near the port. While there are currently no announced protests, the possibility for a spontaneous demonstration does exist. Expect heavy traffic congestion around the entire city of Naples for most of the day.

There is a potential for violence near the protest sites and U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the port and the demonstration area.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid the areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests or demonstrations. U.S. citizens are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

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 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 at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Italy at. For additional information, refer to 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 from within 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, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App 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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