Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Opposition March on Government Offices April 26

The Embassy has received reports that La Mesa de la Unidad (MUD), Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, has called for a citywide march in Caracas on April 26 at 10:00 am to government offices in downtown Caracas (Municipio Libertador), possibly the Supreme Court of Venezuela (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia), the Office of the Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) and/or the National Electoral Council (Consejo Electoral Nacional).

Affected areas will likely experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect a heavy presence of police/military near these locations. Clashes between demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and Venezuelan security forces are possible.

U.S. citizens should also be advised that similar demonstrations may also take place in other parts of Venezuela; all American residents and tourists are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly should updates become available at a later date.

As a precaution, travel on April 26 for all Chief of Mission personnel will be restricted to the Santa Fe/Valle Arriba areas.

The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protests, and are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Recent protests encountered strong police/security force presence and the use of tear gas. 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 stations for updates. U.S. Citizens in all parts of Venezuela are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.

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