Denmark Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 09, 2002
This public announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to the
potential for violent confrontations between anti-globalization
demonstrators and police on the margins of the European Union (EU) summit
scheduled to begin December 12, 2002, in Copenhagen. This public
announcement will expire on December 20, 2002.
American citizens should exercise caution in Copenhagen before and during
the meeting of the European Council, which will be attended by many heads of
government and senior government officials of EU member and candidate
states. The summit is scheduled for December 12-13, 2002; however,
negotiations could last into the weekend. Large numbers of well-organized
demonstrators reportedly may attempt to disrupt the meetings or commit acts
of vandalism. Some anti-globalization demonstrations on the margins of
similar international summits have turned into violent confrontations
between demonstrators and the police.
Danish officials are taking extensive security precautions. Access to
certain areas of Copenhagen may be restricted. Additional airport and
border-crossing controls will be in effect, with individuals and vehicles
subject to search.
American citizens in the Copenhagen area should maintain a low profile, be
aware of their surroundings at all times, and avoid demonstrations. Please
check the security section of Embassy Copenhagen's home page at
www.usembassy.dk for information on known demonstrations that are scheduled
to take place during the European Council meeting.
The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is located at Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24, and
can be reached during business hours at 45 35 55 31 44 and after hours at 45
35 55 92 70 in connection with emergencies such as the arrest, serious
injury, or death of a U.S. citizen.
Americans should closely monitor the Department's Internet site at
http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution/Public
Announcement can be found. For further general information on travel to
Denmark, please consult the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet
at this site.