Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations December 11, 2017

United States Embassy Santiago, Chile
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations December 11, 2017

This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago and the Metropolitan Region that a protest is planned in front of the U.S. Embassy on Monday, December 11, at 7:30PM, following the recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Local media reports suggest similar protests have been called for the same day and time at various Plazas de Armas in other cities in Chile. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Santiago reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates. Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information:

• 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.

• 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.

• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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