Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Plaza Bolivar Protest (Aug 9, 2017)

 

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela

Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Plaza Bolivar Protest (Aug 9, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports of a planned demonstration starting at 5 p.m. in the Chacao neighborhood of Caracas at the Plaza Bolivar.

The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protest areas and are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence, the use of tear gas and sometimes rubber bullets. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests.  Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions.
Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news and media stations for situational updates.  U.S. citizens in all parts of Venezuela are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For more information:

American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela
58-212-975-6411
acsvenezuela@state.gov
https://ve.usembassy.gov