Security Message for U.S. Citizens-September 5, 2017
This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Santiago and the Metropolitan Region that demonstrations are likely to take place throughout the day on Monday, September 11, 2017, to mark the anniversary of Chile’s 1973 military coup. As in past years, demonstrations, marches, and protests are anticipated, most likely in the downtown areas of Santiago near government buildings and in some outlying communities. They may start as early as noon and may continue into the evening. Some demonstrations may begin prior to September 11.
Even 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.
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- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Chile.
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- Contact the 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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