Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Rallies, March 12, 2016

US Embassy Caracas informs U.S. citizens that countrywide rallies are expected to take place on Saturday March 12, 2016.  The opposition rallies in Caracas will commence at 10:00 A.M. Supporters are expected to gather in the following areas: Plaza Brion (Chacaito), Plaza Alfredo Sadel (Las Mercedes), Parque del Este and Calle Elice (Chacao).

Also, an “Anti-Imperialist” rally has been announced by the government and is expected to start at 09:00 A.M. on Avenida Libertador, continue through Avenida Universidad, arrive at Palacio de Miraflores, and then continue to Plaza O’Leary for a final rally.

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.

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