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Demonstrations September 14 and 16, 2012

The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam has been informed about two demonstrations planned for the area in protest of the film, “Innocence of Muslims.”  Dutch police are aware of these demonstrations which will take place in front of the Consulate General on the Museumplein.  

The first protest is planned for the afternoon of Friday, September 14, 2012, with an unknown number of participants. The second is planned for the afternoon of Sunday, September 16, 2012, also with an unknown number of participants. 

Although these demonstrations are expected to be peaceful, given recent protests in Egypt and Libya, we recommend that U.S. citizens avoid the vicinity of the Consulate General and the Museumplein during these demonstrations.  The Consulate will close early on Friday, September 14. 

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 to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at www.Travel.State.Gov.  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.  

Regularly monitor the Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for The Netherlands.  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, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. 

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. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the Consulate is (31)(0)70-310 2209.