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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Munich (Germany), Demonstrations in Conjunction with the Munich Security Conference

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U.S. Consulate General Munich informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in central Munich on February 17 – 18, 2017 on the margins of the annual Munich Security Conference held this year February 17 – 19, 2017:

  • A demonstration and counter-demonstration regarding Bangladesh are expected to take place at Lenbachplatz on Friday, February 17:
    • A group of largely Bangladeshi expatriates will be demonstrating from 1200 – 1600 with the stated purpose of protesting the lack of human rights in Bangladesh.  Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 200 people.
    • A group of largely Bangladeshi expatriates will be demonstrating from 0800 – 1000 and from 1700 – 1900 with the stated purpose of supporting the visit to Munich of a Bangladeshi Member of Parliament.  Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 200 people.
  • A demonstration is expected to take place at Lenbachplatz from 0900 – 1200 on Saturday, February 18.  The group, a human rights organization for refugees, will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the deportation of Afghan refugees from Germany back to Afghanistan.  Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 400 people.
  • A demonstration and march is expected to take place in central Munich from 1200 – 1500 on Saturday, February 18.  A “No to NATO” group will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of supporting the dissolution of NATO.  The route of march is Rindermarkt to Oberanger to Sendlinger Tor Platz to Blumenstrasse to Frauenstrasse to Zwingerstrasse to Klenzestrasse to Gaernerplatz ending back at Rindermarkt.   Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 60 people.
  • A demonstration is expected to take place at Max-Joseph-Platz from 1200 – 1700 on Saturday, February 18.  A pro-Ukraine group will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting Russian aggression in Ukraine.  Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 500 people.
  • A demonstration is expected to take place in central Munich from Stachus to Marienplatz from 1230 – 1700 on Saturday, February 18, temporarily ringing the Munich Security Conference site at the Bayerischer Hof hotel from 1400 - 1500.  The group named “Coalition against the NATO Security Conference” will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of conducting an anti-NATO and anti-war demonstration.   Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 4000 people.

 

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.

 

For further information about security in Germany:

 

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for Germany.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Consult the Mission Germany website and the Consulate’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for additional announcements.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Munich, located at Koeniginstrasse 5 at +49-89-2888-580, and open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 am- to 5:00 pm. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +49-89-2888-0.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).