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Warden Message No. 15: Demonstrations Planned for July 8, 2011
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Warden Message No. 15: Demonstrations Planned for July 8, 2011

July 07, 2011

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens in Egypt that large demonstrations are expected in Tahrir Square and areas near the Embassy on July 08, 2011.  Several Egyptian political groups have announced plans to stage a “million person” demonstration.    Regardless of whether these gatherings are confrontational or not, the demonstrations and the police/military presence may cause major traffic disruptions in multiple locations in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities in Egypt.  The Embassy has no information that these gatherings will be violent, however, any large demonstration has the potential to turn violent. 

U.S. citizens who do not live or work near Tahrir Square should avoid the area. U.S. citizens resident in Egypt should monitor local news broadcasts for updated information about locations of demonstrations.  U.S. citizens visiting Cairo should seek information from their hotel or tour guide in planning their activities.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens to avoid areas where large crowds are assembling.

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 CautionCountry Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, including the current Travel Alert for Egypt, can be found.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-444.  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 Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.  For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard on 2797-3300.  The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.