USAREUR stresses caution and common sense during protests
March 14, 2003
STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. Army Europe officials are urging military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and family members to use common sense as anti-war protests continue across Europe, many of which are being held near U.S. installations.
“Stay out of trouble, don’t cause trouble,” USAREUR spokesman Marjorie Burrell said on Thursday, just as she finished getting information out about a planned protest Saturday in Heidelberg.
USAREUR said at least seven protests are scheduled between Friday and March 27.
Burrell said people should try to avoid the demonstrations, which generally have been peaceful, and if a person stumbles upon a protest, they should remain inconspicuous, leave the area and try not to draw attention to themselves.
“These are just a part of being a democracy,” she said.
Generally the protests don’t disrupt traffic to and from military compounds but one this week in Heidelberg could.
According to USAREUR, Heidelberg officials told U.S. officials that last week’s cancelled Kurdish demonstration will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday in the vicinity of Campbell Barracks.
Local officials are predicting about 200 participants. The majority of demonstrators will meet around noon at Bismarckplatz in downtown Heidelberg. They will march down Rohrbacherstrasse to Rheinstrasse to Roemerstrasse, and then rally at the main gate to Campbell Barracks. The demonstration is expected to end by 3 p.m. Gate 1 will be closed from noon until 3 p.m. or until the end of demonstration. Gate 3, where an ATM is located, will be open during these hours.
Polizei will provide a significant presence around Campbell Barracks and the Mark Twain Village housing area. Officials plan to close Roemerstrasse from Feuerbachstrasse to Sickengenstrasse to vehicular traffic at approximately 1 p.m. If the crowd is smaller than projected, they may open a traffic lane for through traffic. Polizei will also establish a checkpoint at the corner of Roemerstrasse and west Rheinstrasse, to ensure access to U.S. resident traffic.
Other protests in Europe
• Saturday, an anti-war protest will be held in Brussels, Belgium.• Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Vilseck, Germany.• March 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Marktplatz in Stuttgart, Germany.• March 20, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gate 2 of the base in Vicenza, Italy.• March 22, from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany.• March 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Marktplatz in Stuttgart, Germany.