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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bern (Switzerland), Demonstrations

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Demonstrations are expected to take place on August 14, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the main train station in Bern and then possibly move to the Bundesplatz or in the direction of the U.S. Embassy.

The Young Socialist Party (JUSO) intends to protest against Nazism and in support of the victims from the Charlottesville, Virginia demonstrations over the weekend.

Local police are aware of the demonstration and are closely monitoring the situation. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid demonstrations or protests and exercise caution around large gatherings.

Monitor local media reports, follow directions from local officials, and take appropriate actions.

For further information:
•Contact the U.S. Embassy Bern in Switzerland, located at Sulgeneckstrasse 19, 3007 Bern at +41 31 357 70 11. Call +41 31 357 77 77 for after-hours emergency assistance.
 •Call us in Washington at 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).
 •See the State Department’s travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
•Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.