Re: Germany too dangerous for Americans?

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Posted by Esperanza from ( on Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 3:22PM :

In Reply to: Germany too dangerous for Americans? posted by andreas from ( on Saturday, February 08, 2003 at 3:12PM :

Rumsfeld is due to address an annual security conference in the southern German city of Munich on Saturday and is expected to argue that allowing more time for weapons inspections in Iraq made sense only if Iraq cooperates with the United Nations.

As Rumsfeld arrived in Munich, about 2,500 demonstrators rallied in freezing temperatures to vent their anger against what one banner described as Washington's "imperialist war."

Organizers expect some 8,000 people to attend a mass march on Saturday


: Germany too dangerous for Americans?

: Not really.

: The below text is one of the many sign to include Germany (together with our partner France) into the "Axis of Evil".

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: Office of the Spokesman

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: Germany
: January 31, 2003

: This Public Announcement alerts Americans to large demonstrations expected to occur in the city of Munich on February 7, 8 and 9, 2003. American citizens visiting or resident in Munich should exercise caution during this period. This Public Announcement expires on February 15.

: From February 7 to February 9, 2003, the city of Munich will host the annual "Conference on Security Policy". Local officials expect a large turnout of demonstrators. Bavarian police authorities have expressed confidence that law and order will be maintained, and they will implement additional countermeasures for public safety. Traffic disruptions are likely in the Munich city center, and access to an area several blocks wide around the Bayerischer Hof Hotel, the site of the conference, will be restricted.

: The Embassy reminds American citizens that demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn into confrontational situations and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Munich are advised to take common-sense precautions and avoid sites of demonstrations, which will include Sendlinger Tor, Odeonsplatz, Lenbach Platz, and Marienplatz. Travelers should keep informed of local developments by following local press, radio, and television.

: U.S. citizens may obtain updated security information at the U.S. Consulate General in Munich, located at Koeniginstrasse 5, 80539 Munich, telephone (49)(89)2888-0.

: For further information on travel to Germany, please consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet on Germany and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement which are located on the Department's Internet web site at

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: Department of State travel information and publications are available at Internet address: U.S. travelers may hear recorded information by calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at 202-647-5225 from their touchtone telephone, or receive information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from their fax machine.
: Return to Consular Information Sheets and Travel Warnings Page

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