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UNITED STATES EMBASSY THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration in Amsterdam

February 13, 2015

Dutch authorities have notified the Consulate General that a demonstration is scheduled to occur in Amsterdam this  

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015. 

Date:February 14, 2015
Time: 14:00 - 18:00 hours
Location: City center and tourist district ending on the Museumplein
Size: Estimated up to 400 participants
Group: Unknown
Purpose: To show support for care of the environment

 

The demonstration is to show support for care of the environment, and it will begin in Dam Square with an expected bike ride through the city center and tourist district of Amsterdam, ending on the Museumplein.  This demonstration/bike ride is scheduled to run until 18:00.  Police estimate approximately 400 participants. Demonstrators will use their bikes to spell out the word “Future” on the Museumplein at 15:30.  The sponsor of this demonstration is the organization for Global Divestment Day in Amsterdam.  Police will be present.

 

In general, protests in the Netherlands are peaceful.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful, however, can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little warning.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

General security information

U.S. citizens in the Netherlands are reminded, in general, that if at any time you feel threatened or in danger, please call the Dutch authorities immediately by dialing 1-1-2 for emergency service response from Dutch police, rescue, and fire departments.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Netherlands enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the embassy or nearest consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

We also recommend you regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. You can also read the Country Specific Information for the Netherlands. For additional information, refer to "The Traveler's Checklist" on the State Department's website.

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The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam is located at Museumplein 19, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam and is open from 8 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday-Friday). If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the Consulate is (31) (0)70-310 2209.  

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