Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration on Thursday – March 12, 2015 in Rome, Italy

The Italian State Police informed the U.S. Embassy that today, March 12, a demonstration sponsored by High School student organizations to protest against the Italian Government school reform will take place starting at 09:00 and ending at approximately 14:00.

The demonstration will have the following route:  Piazza della Repubblica – via delle Terme di Diocleziano – via Amendola – via Cavour – Largo Corrado Ricci – via dei Fori Imperiali – Piazza Venezia – via Cesare Battisti – Piazza SS. Apostoli.

The Police informed that the number of demonstrators should be around 5000

The Police will be present to monitor the event

The police expect the protest to be peaceful.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends U.S. citizens and their families to avoid the area of the demonstration and exercise caution if walking or driving in proximity of the area.

Please see the attached map.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends U.S. citizens and their families avoid the areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Italy enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or 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 State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Italy.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

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The U.S. Embassy in Rome is located at Via V. Veneto, 121, 00187, Rome, and is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm on weekdays, and can be reached at (+39) 06-4674-1 (telephone number), (+39) 06-4674-2244 (fax) .  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, you may reach the Embassy Duty Officer via the above number.