The US Consulate General in Amsterdam issued an alert on Friday, September 8, warning citizens that a demonstration march is planned in Amsterdam on Saturday, September 9. According to the US Consulate, the protest will start near Waterlooplein at 15:00 (local time) and end on the Museumplein at 18:00. Police officers will be deployed along the march route to provide security for the protesters. Expect increased security and traffic disruptions in the area.
According to social media, the demonstration is being organized by the European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (ECDK-E). The group is demanding the release of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, also known as Apo, from prison in Turkey. Öcalan is one of the founding members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.
Individuals in Amsterdam are advised to anticipate increased security surrounding the march as well as transportation disruptions. Additionally, although no specific threats have been reported, Europe remains subject to an underlying threat of terrorism; remain vigilant and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.