Security Message for U.S. Citizens- May 31, 2017
This Message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Chile that The Confederation of Students of Chile (CONFECH) has called for demonstrations in multiple cities on Thursday, June 1. In Valparaiso, the authorized march will start at Plaza Sotomayor and end at Parque Italia. In Santiago, the authorized march will begin at Plaza Italia in downtown Santiago and will proceed west on Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins towards Echaurren. Demonstrations are expected to begin at 10:30 a.m. Additionally, multiple organizations are expected to participate alongside CONFECH.
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.
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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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- 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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