Demonstration Alert – The Hague, Saturday, January 12

U.S. Embassy The Hague,
Netherlands (January 10, 2019)

Location:  Announced gathering points and route includes, but is not limited to, the inner city of The Hague, the Binnenhof and the Plein (near the Dutch government buildings) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Event:  Demonstrations are expected from the “Yellow Vests” group on Saturday, January 12, beginning at approximately 10:00 am and lasting until approximately 7:00 pm, to protest Dutch government laws and restrictions.  The group will assemble in The Hague inner city near government buildings.

U.S. government personnel and U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  The Dutch police will be present to ensure public safety.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of The Hague around the Binnenhof/Plein that are near the Dutch government buildings during the event.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your personal security plans.