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Warden Message: Morocco, March 20 Demonstrations

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U.S Consulate General in Casablanca released the following Warden Message on March 18, 2011:

We believe that large demonstrations will take place throughout Morocco on March 20, 2011. Turnout is uncertain and hard to predict. Downtown areas of some cities may be restricted. It will be prudent to expect road closures and traffic jams.

While these disturbances appear to be triggered by economic and political concerns, and not directed toward Western tourists, travelers in these areas are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security.  It is best to avoid all demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse.

To date, minor demonstrations have occurred in Morocco on a regular basis, and travelers should avoid these or other large gatherings. 

Travelers should refer to the recently-updated Consular Information Sheet regarding travel to Morocco: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_975.html#safety.

The U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca is located at 8 Blvd. Moulay Youssef. The telephone number for American Citizen Services is +212-661-79-70-00, or after hours is +212-661-13-19-39. The Consular section can also be contacted by email at acscasablanca@state.gov or through our website at: http://morocco.usconsulate.gov.

Updated information on travel and security in Morocco may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Country Specific Information for Morocco, as well as the Worldwide Caution.  These products and the latest international travel information for U.S. citizens are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.

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