Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CONFECH Demonstrations

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This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago that members of the Confederation of Students of Chile (CONFECH) will hold an authorized demonstration on Thursday, June 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Santiago.  Media reports indicate that CONFECH is planning to march from Plaza Bustamante via Avenida Alameda, completing the demonstration at Echaurren. More than 10,000 participants are expected to participate in this march.

While the demonstration is authorized, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Local law enforcement recommends avoiding these areas during the march.  Generally, you should exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  We advise you to monitor the media for the latest information on the location of the demonstration and be alert to your surroundings.

The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Chile enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.