Mannheim, Germany - On Oct. 3, from 1 p.m. -4 p.m., the Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschland (NPD), a German rightwing political party, will hold a rally with a march from the Hauptbahnhof (Main Rail Station) to the Bismarch Platz, Heidelberg, Germany. The rally themes will center on current domestic political issues in regards to the upcoming German elections About 100 NPD supporters will be present. There will be a Leftwing presence to demonstrate against the rightwing. Numbers and location were unknown due to the late filing for public gathering by the NPD.
RECOMMENDATIONS: You may encounter unannounced or unplanned demonstrations, marches or events, please avoid them. Maintain awareness/vigilance. It is important to immediately report any and all suspicious activity or threatening behavior encountered using your service's/areas reporting program(s) such as iWATCH.
In response to the June 3, 2011 video featuring a senior Al-Qaeda media propagandist Adam Gadahn encouraging acts of individual jihad, members of several extremist Web forums posted names of companies and associated leaders to target. In a posting to the forums, one contributor highlighted Gadahn’s call for assassinations as an act of individual jihad with the greatest potential impact. Given this information, it is important for individuals to mitigate any potential increased level of personal risk that may result from this threat. There are several protective measures that individual citizens can adopt to reduce potential threats and potentially hazardous situations. Below is a list of a few of these protective measures.
Information concerning suspicious or criminal activity should be reported to the local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI regional phone numbers can be found online at http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm. When available, each report submitted should include the date, time, location, type of activity, number of people and type of equipment used for the activity, the name of the submitting company or organization, and a designated point of contact.
The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated January 31, 2011, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.
Indefinite time period
STUTTGART, Germany – For the foreseeable future, various German citizen initiatives will conduct almost daily protests against the construction of the new Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station). Demonstrations are likely to occur in front of and on the North side of the existing Hauptbahnhof located at Arnulf-Klett-Platz 2, 70173 Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. The number of demonstration participants may vary from as few as 50 to as many as 5,000. Some demonstration may be properly registered with German authorities; however, some may occur spontaneously. The demonstrations are expected to be peaceful; nevertheless, traffic congestion due to sit-down blockades on public roads/areas cannot be excluded.
Germany – On January 24, 2012, the Department of State issed a world caution (http://www.travel.state.gov/cis_pa_tw/pa_4787.html) to apprise the American community of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. In summary the department remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests over seas. For information concerning antiterrorism training visit https://atlevel1.dtic.mil/at/ and for current world-wide cautions visit http://www.travel.state.gov/travel.
Some general tips
*Be aware of your surroundings when you are out and about.
*Always stay vigilant to situational awareness; avoid demonstrations when all possible; be careful what information you discuss that may be sensitive; be extra alert of anyone trying to phish information from you at frequented places on the economy such as restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.
*Blend in with the local population in what you wear “do not stick out like a sore thumb”; report any suspected contact(s) you may feel inappropriate or suspicious to your commander, security office or supervisor, immediately.
*Do not forget to get your travel advisory briefing when visiting another foreign country. Practice good OPSEC at all times and remember, we all are potential targets for information.
*Below are easy to follow steps to protect yourself while traveling and engaged in off-post activities:
*Travel in small groups and (never alone) varying movements.
*Always inform someone of your destination and departure/arrival/return times.
*Try to be inconspicuous. Try not to draw attention to yourself.
*Be aware of your surroundings.
*If you come upon a demonstration or altercation, remain calm and disengage from the situation. Avoid speaking loudly or causing attention to yourself.
*Stay away from high risk places (Department Of State consular information sheets for each country provide information on high risk places).
*Know emergency numbers and potential safe areas.
*Carry a cell phone if possible.
*Ensure your vehicle is in good working order and fuel tank full.
*In the event of an incident notify your command as soon as possible.
*Monitor AFN TV and radio if possible for updated information while traveling.
*Consider joining an auto safety club in the event of a mechanical breakdown or vehicle accident.