Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ongoing Protests and Marches

The Embassy has received reports of an evening rally tonight, June 13.  It will begin in Chuao and will end at the church “La Transfiguracion del Senor.”  Protests may spill over into surrounding neighborhoods.

The Embassy expects continued rallies and activities in Caracas and throughout the country this week.  Specific gathering points and routes are unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. The Embassy continues to encourage U.S. citizens to monitor local news constantly.  As a precaution, U.S. diplomats may be restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle Arriba areas in Caracas, or restricted from general areas, as necessary. Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect the heavy presence of police/security forces.

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.

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.

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