Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Uncle Sam Worries About Us...

Ahem... ummm...
Welcome to paranoid America...
and learn how to spell Brandenburg!
Geeze, your new home is ON THE PLAZA OF THE GATE!

E-mail from the U.S. Embassy
June, 24 2008
On Wednesday evening, June 25, Germany and Turkey will meet in the semifinal round of the 2008 European Football Championship in Basel, Switzerland. Various cities in Germany have set up viewing areas for the public to watch the live broadcast of this game. The "Fan Mile" in front of the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin is expected to draw up to 500,000 German and Turkish fans, Frankfurt am Main will host a public viewing area at the Rossmarkt, and Munich is setting up a large public viewing area at the Olympic Stadium where 30,000 fans are anticipated. Similar events are planned in other cities and spontaneous celebrations or demonstrations related to the match may occur throughout Germany.

Because of the high fan interest in this prestigious semi-final elimination game between Germany and Turkey, there exists the possibility that disturbances, including violent disturbances may occur before, during or after the match, which begins at 20:45. At a minimum, post-game celebrations will likely result in traffic congestion in larger cities. Crowds celebrating previous German and/or Turkish victories have blocked streets and rocked vehicles attempting to pass through them.

We remind American citizens in Germany that even mass gatherings and demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Oh and hey... N. and I will be at the Gate watching the game from the VIP area!!! So much for the Embasy and their dire warnings... Actually I think what this meant to say was that if Americans insist on cheering for the teams at the Brandenburg Gate, they don't want us beating on the doors of the NEW American Embassy. Tee hee hee!!

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CrackerLilo said...

So glad for you that you're not as fearful as the xenophobes at the American Embassy!!!

Do they expect you to only eat at McDonald's and not drink the McBeer, too?

Goofball said...

I must honestly admit that I also thought "uh uh, hope that goes ok in German cities" when I saw Germany was playing Turkey. Does that make me paranoid as well? there's always gonna be a group very disappointed right?

In Belgium most cities have negotiated with the Turkish communities to allow them one hour of car parades at night but not more as last victories caused traffic chaos all night (and sleepless nights for all the neighbours) :p.

As there are more Turkish people living in Belgium than German...I hope the Turkish win though. Because that causes a party in Belgium too.