Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Roadblocks Starting at 12 p.m., August 8 (August 8, 2017)

 

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Roadblocks Starting at 12 p.m., August 8 (August 8, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports that the opposition is calling for protests and improvised roadblocks to begin around 12:00 p.m. today, August 8.  Gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are subject to change.  U.S. Embassy diplomats are restricted to Santa Fe and Valle Arriba neighborhoods in Caracas during this time.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly.  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.  U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly.  Affected areas often experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect the heavy presence of police/security forces.

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