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Security Message for U.S. Citizens No 27: Possible Demonstrations in Cairo and Alexandria Planned for Weekend of January 18-19

January 17, 2013

The U.S. Embassy is aware of the possibility of demonstrations in Cairo and Alexandria this weekend. 

In Cairo, following Friday afternoon prayers, a protest organized by soccer youth associated with a group named the Ultras, will demand fair and speedy trials for those responsible for the violence at a Port Said, Egypt, soccer match where 72 fans died and scores were injured on February 1, 2012.  Protestors in Cairo plan to assemble in the afternoon at the Ahly Soccer Club near the Opera House in Zamalek, from where they will march across the Kasr Al Neil Bridge into Tahrir Square.  It is rumored that other groups to include the 6 April Movement will also gather in Tahrir Square and move around the Downtown area this weekend.

In Alexandria, 4 separate demonstrations may occur this weekend.  On Friday, the 6 April Movement plans to gather after the noon prayer in front of the Al Qaed Ibrahim Mosque, Al Ibrahimaia area on El Horaya Road against the Muslim Brotherhood.  Also in Alexandria on Friday, Islamic groups may gather in front of the French Consulate to protest French military operations in Mali. 

In Alexandria on Saturday morning, liberal parties are calling for protests in front of the El Manshaya criminal court on the Corniche.  The gathering is focused on a sentencing hearing in a case involving the deaths of protestors during the 2011 Revolution.  Protestors are expected to act out against the judiciary and the police if there is an acquittal or if sentencing is perceived as unfair.  Finally, on Saturday, the 6 April Movement may protest the Muslim Brotherhood’s political agenda by gathering at building number 20, on Abu Soliman Street in Alexandria’s El Raml area.   

There is no indication that demonstrations will express anti-American sentiment or be directed at U.S. diplomatic facilities this weekend.  U.S. citizens should avoid Downtown Cairo near Tahrir Square and large gatherings throughout Egypt due to the risk of spontaneous and unexpected violence.

As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution,  Country Specific Information for EgyptTravel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips.  

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department’sSmart Traveler Enrollment Program website.  If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Please refer to the American Citizens Services Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/USEmbassyCairoACS.  For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard at 2797-3300.  The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.

As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution,  Country Specific Information for EgyptTravel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips. 

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department’sSmart Traveler Enrollment Program website.  If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Please refer to the American Citizens Services Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/USEmbassyCairo.  For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard at 2797-3300.  The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.