Message For U.S. Citizens:
Location: Santiago (from Plaza Italia/Baquedano to Echauren Street), Chile
Event: U.S. Embassy Santiago advises U.S. citizens living and/or traveling in Chile of nationwide demonstrations scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 23. The Confederation of Chilean Students (Confederación de Estudiantes de Chile, CONFECH) has called for demonstrations to protest a draft of the Youth Labor Statute. In Santiago, the march is expected to begin at 6:00 pm and proceed west on Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (also known as Alameda) from Plaza Italia (visible in Google Maps as Plaza Baquedano) to Echauren Street. Approximately 20,000 protestors are expected to participate. U.S. Embassy Santiago reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful have the potential to become violent.
– Contact the U.S. Embassy in Chile, located at Andres Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago, at +56 22 330 3716, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +56 22 330 3000.
– See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Chile.
– Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.