Alert: Planned Protests Around Tegucigalpa

Location: Honduras

Event:  Increasing protests are possible near the Presidential Palace, National Congress area, and the Public Ministry buildings related to the process to select a new Attorney General.  Several protests have already occurred with violence resulting in injuries.  The U.S. Embassy has advised employees to avoid the planned protest routes and to use caution as some streets in the surrounding areas may be closed by the Honduran National Police who may also be searching vehicles.  The possibility of increased protests and confrontations are likely in the coming days.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media and are reminded to avoid any demonstration, as even peaceful ones can turn violent with little or no notice.  U.S. citizens in Honduras are reminded to maintain awareness of their surroundings as the situation may change quickly.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents and identification up to date and easily accessible.
  • Carry proper identification at all times.
  • Have alternative transportation routes in mind.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings.
  • Monitor local media and U.S. Embassy Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.  Be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.