Thursday, December 10, 2009

this just in from the US Embassy in Denmark

verbatim text of an email i just received from the US embassy in denmark.

This Warden Message is to inform U.S. citizens that Copenhagen may experience demonstrations from Friday, December 11th until Friday, December 18th.  Some of the demonstrations on these days may become violent.

Areas of Copenhagen that may have demonstrations are:

Strøget (Walking Street)
Kongens Nytorv
Bella Center
Town Hall Square
The Harbor area
Christianshavns Torv

Some of these demonstrations may move to other areas of Copenhagen.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain situational awareness when traveling to avoid the demonstrations.

The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possible escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

The 15th annual Congress of the Parties (COP-15) is a UN conference that gathers representatives of all UN member states to discuss issues related to climate change.  This year's conference is marked by the expectation that a major agreement addressing climate change may be reached.  Demonstrators of many different orientations have announced plans to conduct large scale protests at the Bella Center, the site of the conference, and throughout Copenhagen.

U.S. citizens in Denmark should also monitor the local news, and for the latest security information, and all U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website <> , where the current Worldwide Cautions, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found.  U.S. citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions overseas by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or Canada, and 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.  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 living or traveling abroad are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website <> .

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is located at:
Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24,
2100 Copenhagen,

U.S. Embassy home page:

American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy
Copenhagen, Denmark


ADRIAN said...

Be careful now! Remember you are not in the US of A. There be dragons lurking.

rxBambi said...

Oh my god that's scary. Why would there be demonstrations about climate change? Especially because there is supposed to be a "major agreement"
Hmmm, well please be careful jul.

d smith kaich jones said...

Maintain your situational awareness? Okay, that means no drinking. No nothing.

Lisa-Marie said...

The USA hae a fucking cheek. I wonder if they warn the countries they are picking wars with of possible danger?

*jean* said...

so sorry that the teabaggers have arrived...i can't imagine that anyone else would be protesting this...john birch society???


*jean* said...

ooo and yes, we are cheeky...and stupid sometimes...

Char said...

check - i would always want to steer clear of possibly violent demonstrations

spudballoo said...

Giggle. Situational awareness? That's brilliant, I love it.

Awwww, I love the Danish. So intense and thoughtful.

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Sounds like US citizens in Denmark could be in imminent danger - perhaps you should wage a war on.....(just picking a name from a hat)......Yemen.....

The best way to control the taxpayers is with works.....they have thousands of volunteers in Iraq and Afganistan.

Meri said...

Well there you have it. Come to think of it, the continuing rape of the environment gets me pretty riled up. Hmm.........

Suzanne said...

We had a similar warning about our tea party demonstration.

I think 145 people showed up. *Maybe* 146. It was all a bunch of hullabaloo over nothing.

But I will take over-protection rather than surprise riots.

d smith kaich jones said...

Dang! You were warned about a tea party demonstration?! Who on earth warned you? A government agency? Local? Federal? That just makes me laugh - how dangerous have these people proved to be? Good Lord, they even cleaned up after themselves after the DC rally. Our government paranoid about people who disagree with them - I gotta laugh; yep, we're in the best of hands. I have a feeling they'll be disappointed if it doesn't turn violent in Copenhagen.

Thank goodness I don't have to maintain my situational awareness.

paris parfait said...

So typical. Sigh. But we never get such notices in Paris - they're used to demonstrations that "may turn violent."