WASHINGTON: The United States warned on Wednesday of the potential for terrorist attacks and hooliganism at the upcoming Euro 2004 and other large public events in Portugal.
The State Department, in an advisory, did not mention any specific threat to the event and said Portuguese authorities were taking steps to prevent possible terror strikes and fan rampages but advised US fans planning to attend to be cautious and alert at all times.
It also pointed out the possibility for problems at two other events, including a religious festival this week and an outdoor concert series in Lisbon to begin at the end of the month.
The department noted that large crowds were expected at religious festivities in the town of Fatima today where as many as 400,000 pilgrims are expected and the May 28 to June 6 “Rock in Rio” music festival in Lisbon, which is expected to attract up to 500,000 spectators.
Up to half a million people are expected to travel to Portugal for the 16-nation Euro 2004 – AFP