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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in The Hague 

July 31, 2014

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General inform all U.S. citizens that a demonstration and march organized by several groups to protest racism and police violence will take place in The Hague on Friday, August 1, from 19:00 – 21:30.  Participants will gather at Wijkpark Transvaal on the Schalk Burgerstraat at 19:00, and then walk to the Spuiplein via Heemstraat, Hoefkade, Fannius Scholtenstraat, Groene Wegje, Stationsweg, Amsterdamse Veerkade and Spui.  Approximately 200 people are expected to participate. 

Dutch police have been notified and will be present.  There is concern that these groups may attempt to instigate a conflict with the police.


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.

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.

Contact the 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.

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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