The Embassy has received reports that La Mesa de la Unidad (MUD), Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, has called for further nationwide protests, commencing this Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 am with a “silent” march to all state headquarters of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV). The MUD has also announced a countrywide “sit-in” on Monday, April 24, that will block Venezuela’s main roadways. U.S. citizens are strongly reminded that similar protests may occur without prior notice, may develop quickly, and may result in violence. U.S. citizens, therefore, are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly in order to avoid areas where demonstrations may erupt spontaneously.
Affected areas will likely experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect the heavy presence of police/military near these locations. Clashes between demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and Venezuelan security forces are possible.
The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protests, and reminds them that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Recent protests have encountered strong police/security force presence and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by security forces. 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.
For more information:
- See the State Department’s travel website (http://travel.state.gov) for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Venezuela.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)(https://step.state.gov/step) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, located at Calle F con Calle Surapure, Lomas de Valle Arriba, at +58212-975-64113:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 0212-907-8400.
- Call 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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