Security Message for U.S. Citizens- July 13, 2017
A possible demonstration could take place at Parque Bicentenario by participants in the “Bus de la Libertad” campaign. At this time no additional specifics are known about this potential demonstration. In recent days, in both Santiago and Valparaiso, violent clashes have occurred between these activists and counter-protestors, requiring significant intervention by police. Continued demonstrations may occur over the next few weeks in Santiago and Valparaiso.
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.
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 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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