Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: June 19 Protests

The Embassy has received reports of a daytime march scheduled for Monday, June 19 and possibly throughout the coming week. Specific gathering points and routes remain unclear at this time and are often coordinated only hours beforehand. U.S. Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid the following areas:

1-     Residencias Venezuela, Coche.
2-     Calle 14 de El Valle.
3-     La Bandera, avenida Nueva Granada.
4-     Gran Colombia, avenida Roosevelt.
5-     Bomberos de Caracas, cuartel de Nuevo Circo, avenida Lecuna.
6-     Distribuidor de La Yaguara, La Yaguara.
7-     Centro Comercial La Villa, Montalbán.
8-     Centro Comercial Multiplaza, El Paraíso.
9-     Residencias Victoria, avenida José Antonio Páez, El Paraíso.
10-   Puente de Hierro, avenida Sur 5.
11-   Avenida principal de Bello Monte (Farmatodo).
12-   Avenida Victoria (Central Madeirense).
13-   Escuela Básica Amanda Schnel, calle Libertador, El Cementerio.
14-   Avenida La Paz (Estación del metro), La Paz.
15-   Centro Comercial Los Molinos, avenida San Martin.
16-   Avenidas San Martin (Maternidad Concepción Palacios).
17-   Avenida San Martin (Estación del metro Capuchinos).
18-   Callejón Machado, El Paraíso.
19-   Parque Central, avenida Bolívar.
20-   Parque Caracas, San Bernardino.
21-   Plaza La Estrella, San Bernardino.
22-   Redoma de Las Minas, Baruta.
23-   Avenida Panteón.
24-   Los Cedros, avenida Libertador.
25-   Las Palmas, avenida Libertador.
26-   Avenida principal de Los Naranjos.
27-   Avenida principal de Caurimare con Boulevard El Cafetal.
28-   Avenida Francisco de Miranda (Unicentro El Marques).
29-   Parque Cristal, avenida Francisco de Miranda.
30-   Distribuidor de Santa Fe, autopista Prados del Este.
31-   Plaza Brion, Chacaíto.
32 –  Sede del Consejo Nacional Electoral, Plaza Caracas (Municipio Libertador).

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.

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.

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