Demonstration Alert: Planned protest

Location: Honduras

Event:  A planned protest is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 29th in Tegucigalpa. The U.S. Embassy has advised employees to avoid the planned protest routes which could include Casa Presidencial, Boulevard Morazan, and the Congress. U.S. Embassy personnel have been authorized an early release on August 29th to avoid an expected increase in traffic during their evening commute. 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.