UNITED STATES EMBASSY THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in The Hague and Amsterdam
August 23, 2014
The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General inform all U.S. citizens that a demonstration to protest Chinese policies towards the Uyghurs will take place in The Hague on Saturday, August 23. It will take place on the Plein from 13:00 to 16:00. Dutch authorities expect approximately 100 participants.
Dutch police have been notified.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General inform all U.S. citizens that two
demonstrations and a public ceremony will take place in Amsterdam on August 23 and August 24.
On Saturday, August 23, a demonstration and march related to the situation in Gaza and Israel will take place from 14:00 to 18:00. The march will begin at the Dam Square and continue through the city center and tourist districts. Dutch authorities have not provided an estimated number of participants.
Also on August 23, the World Rowing Championships opening ceremony will be held on the Museumplein, in front of the Rijksmusuem pond. The ceremony is scheduled to being at 14:00 and end at 18:00.
On Sunday, August 24, a demonstration and march related to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, will take place from 14:00 to 16:00. Participants will gather at Amsterdam Centraal Station and march via the Dam, Rokin, and Weteringcircuit to the Museumplein. The march will end in front of the U.S. Consulate General.
Dutch authorities expect 25 participants.
Dutch police have been notified and 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.
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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