Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lima, Peru – July 23, 2019

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lima, Peru – July 23, 2019
Location: Arequipa, Moquegua, and Tacna regions in southern Peru.

Event: iPeru and Canatur report protests against Southern Copper Corporation’s proposed Tía María mine are occurring in the Arequipa and Moquegua regions.

Overland transit routes have been blocked:

  • Arequipa to Puno
  • Arequipa to Cusco
  • Arequipa to Moquegua and Tacna
  • Cusco to Puno

The number of protestors continues to grow and interactions with police have become more confrontational. On July 22 during a six-hour period, over 400 National Police officers dispersed protesters by using tear gas and other non-lethal means. In 2011 and 2015, clashes related to the mine resulted in the deaths of protesters.

Actions to Take:
– Avoid the affected areas and routes in Arequipa, Moquegua, and Tacna Regions. Avoid travel by bus and car.  Find alternative routes to your destination. Train and air travel are unaffected within the regions.
– Monitor local media and government agencies, including Peru’s Tourist Information and Assistance Service (iPeru), the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN), and the Commission to Promote Peru for Export and Tourism (PROMPERU) for updates.
o WhatsApp: iPeru +51 944-492-314
o Twitter: @Promperu @COENPeru

– Monitor the Embassy webpage and the American Citizen Services (ACS) Facebook page for updates.
– Keep friends and family informed of your safety.
– Be aware of your surroundings.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada Cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru
Telephone (answered 24 hours): +51-1-618-2000
Email: LimaACS@state.gov
Website: https://pe.usembassy.gov

Lima ACS Facebook page

U.S. Consular Agency, Cusco
Avenida El Sol 449 Office #201
Cusco, Peru
Telephone: +51-84-231-474
Fax: +51-84-245-102
Email: CuscoACS@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444

Peru Country Information

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