Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Government March Scheduled for August 14 (Aug 14, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela

Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Government March Scheduled for

August 14 (Aug 14, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports that a pro-government march been scheduled for Monday, August 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Possible gathering points include Avenida Libertador and CANTV headquarters, converging on the presidential palace, Palacio Miraflores.   U.S. Embassy diplomats are advised to avoid these areas during this time.

The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protest areas; 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 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