Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Geneva on Saturday, December 16, 2017
A planned demonstration is expected to take place in Geneva on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in response to the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Reports suggest the demonstrators plan to meet at Hotel President Wilson at 2:00 p.m and then march to the Place des Nations via the Avenue de France/Avenue de la Paix. The demonstration is scheduled to end at 5:00 p.m. At this time, organizers expect approximately 500 protesters.
U.S. Embassy Bern reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
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