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

March 21, 2015

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


Saturday, March 21, 2015. 

Date:March 21, 2015
Time: 13:00 - 18:00 hours
Location: City center and tourist district ending on the Museumplein
Size: Estimated up to 2000 participants
Group: 'Comite 21st Maart'
Purpose: Against racism and Islamophobia


The demonstration is against racism and Islamophobia and will begin in Dam Square with an expected march through the city center and tourist district of Amsterdam, ending on the Museumplein.  This event is scheduled to start at 13:00 hours and continue until 17:00 hours.  Police estimate approximately 2,000 participants.  Police will be present and have indicated that there may be traffic delays along the route from Dam Square to the Museumplein.   They expect the event to be peaceful.



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.

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