Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Venezuelan Labor Day Holiday Weekend Protests

The Embassy has received reports that numerous opposition and pro-government gatherings, marches and demonstrations have been called for Friday, April 28, 2017 and the three-day holiday weekend through the Monday, May 1 Labor Day Holiday.  If necessary, travel during this period for all Chief of Mission personnel may be restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle Arriba areas.

Dates and areas for potential demonstrations may include, but are not limited to the following:

Friday, April 28:  La Mesa de la Unidad (MUD) has called for gatherings tomorrow. Starting rally points have not yet been announced, but more specific details may be divulged at a later time.

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30: While specific details regarding this protest remain unclear at this time, several social media outlets report that students are expected to gather at various points throughout Caracas.

Monday, May 1:  “El Día del Trabajador” is a holiday in Venezuela and has historically been a day of large gatherings and demonstrations in the past. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has announced large rallies for this day, the details of which are unclear at this time.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly.  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 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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