Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned in Central Stockholm Monday, May 1

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.

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