Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Women’s March on Saturday May 6 (May 5, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports that the opposition group Voluntad Popular has called for a Women’s March on May 6 at 10:00 am from Plaza Brion to the main offices of the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace in Downtown Caracas.  Travel for all U.S. diplomats may be restricted to the Santa Fe and Valle Arriba areas during this time, if necessary.

U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to monitor local news and media constantly.  Affected areas will likely experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect the heavy presence of police/military near these locations.

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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