Demonstration Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile

Location:  Metropolitan Region of Santiago and other major cities throughout Chile

Event: Beginning at 7:00 am and continuing throughout the day, approximately 50 groups plan to participate in a “Day of Mobilization” to bring attention to a number of social and political issues in Chile. Protests are scheduled to take place in several cities throughout Chile, including Santiago, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Concepción, and Puerto Montt. In Santiago, protests are likely to begin at Plaza Italia, and march towards the Metro station Los Héroes.

Local police do not have an estimate for each group of protestors; however, some protests may include upwards of 1,000 participants. As in many cases, demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Similar events in the past have been marred by violence. Generally you should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings or demonstrations. The Embassy advises all citizens to monitor the media for the latest information regarding the location of the demonstrations and be alert to your surroundings.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the abovementioned areas.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Carry proper Identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Chilean visa or Tourist Card.