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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Casablanca (Morocco), Demonstrations on April 15

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The U.S. Embassy is aware of potential large demonstrations that may take place on Saturday, April 15th
 at 1900 in Casablanca at Mareshal Square near the Hyatt Hotel.  There may be a similar protest in Rabat on Sunday, April 16th. The protests are in response to the death of an Amazigh child earlier this week. 

These protests are not directed at the U.S. government nor individual U.S. citizens. However, the U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid these areas during the times of the protests, and to avoid large crowds and gatherings of a political nature.  Should you be in the area of a protest, please exercise caution, maintain a low profile, and remain aware of your surroundings as even peaceful protests or demonstrations can be unpredictable and become violent. If you plan to travel by car in the vicinity of the protests, be aware of possible traffic jams and try to turn around or take another route before becoming ensnarled in heavy traffic.  

For further information:

See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Morocco Country Specific Information.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Rabat is located at KM 5.7, Avenue Mohammed VI, Souissi, Rabat and can be reached at 0537-63-72-00.  Consular Services are located at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca at 8 Blvd. Moulay Youssef.  American Citizens Services can be reached at 0522-642-099 during business hours.  For emergencies after hours, please call 0522-26-45-50 or 0661-13-19-39.

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 Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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