U.S. Embassy Stockholm informs U.S. citizens that several marches are planned for May Day 2017 in Central Stockholm. Counter demonstrations may also take place in Central Stockholm, Gamla Stan and other nearby neighborhoods.
Past demonstrations involving groups in Central Stockholm have turned violent. Embassy Stockholm urges U.S. citizens to avoid these areas during May 1.
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.
Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Europe as foreign fighters return home from Syria and Iraq, while other individuals may be radicalized or inspired by ISIS propaganda. European authorities continue to warn of additional attacks on major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers, places of worship, and the transportation sector. 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.
For further information:
· See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Sweden 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 is located on Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31 in Stockholm and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; telephone +46 08 783 5300; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; webpage: U.S. Embassy Sweden.
· 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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