US embassy alerts citizens of possible ‘protests’

KUWAIT: The United States embassy in Kuwait sent the following letter to US citizens in the country, giving general guidelines of how to react to possible protests that might take place in Kuwait in response to US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital:

“The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. US Embassy Kuwait reminds US citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.

“Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates. Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

“These are some measures you can take to increase your personal safety: Avoid crowds. Large gatherings can quickly become dangerous; Keep a low profile. Be aware of how others dress and behave in public and try to blend in; Vary your routes and times of travel. Being less predictable makes you more difficult to target; Be aware of your surroundings. Understand what “belongs” and what does not; Avoid traveling alone. Avoid isolated areas, especially after dark. Tell friends, colleagues, or neighbors where you are going and when you intend to return; Know where you are going and your destination. Find exits and have a plan to escape. Select “safe havens” along your route, such as government buildings, friends’ residences, shops or restaurants, or gas stations; Always carry a charged cell phone. Make sure you have programmed emergency numbers in all your family members’ phones; Be prepared to postpone or cancel activities; Report concerns you may have to the police and to the US Embassy in Kuwait.

“US citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. If you perceive a threat, or are the victim of a crime, in Kuwait, dial 112.”

This article was published on 07/12/2017