Message for U.S. Citizens: Caracas Protests, May 14, 2016

US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens, especially those living in Caracas, of the continued security situation.  Dual rallies are scheduled to take place Saturday morning, beginning around 10 a.m.  One protest is scheduled to begin at Avenida Casanova and end at the CNE; another is scheduled to start at Plaza Venezuela/Calle Bogota and continue to Plaza Diego Ibarra.  These protests are taking different routes, but care should be exercised in all parts of the city. Earlier this week, protestors encountered strong government presence and the use of tear gas.

U.S. Citizens are urged to review their safety and security precautions, monitor local media, and remain vigilant of their surroundings.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.