Large Public Gatherings and Demonstrations (April 4, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy has been informed of the following large public gatherings and demonstrations that may impact personal security and traffic patterns in areas throughout Peru.  Please exercise caution if in these locations during the below listed dates and times.  Protests can last for hours – in some cases, days – beyond the time identified.  A crowd’s mood could change or escalate without prior warning and become violent quickly, especially as we approach the Presidential Elections on April 10, 2016.  Please plan accordingly.

April 5 marks the anniversary of former President Alberto Fujimori’s closing Congress and the courts in Peru.  This date has seen protests throughout Peru in the past and, as this year’s anniversary falls within one week of Peru’s national elections, it is possible that the planned gatherings and demonstrations will be volatile.

Planned Demonstrations/Events:

Date/Time: April 4, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to unknown

Location: Lima – From Plaza San Martin to Palacio de Gobierno del Peru to Ministerio de Economia y Fianazas via Av. Abancay

Group: Citizens of Tumbes and Piura – 50 people estimated

Claim: Against petroleum reduction

 

Date/Time: April 5, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. to unknown

Location: Lima – Plaza San Martin (No further information – PNP have not yet authorized this protest)

Group: Colectivo Dignidad and Confederación General de Trabajadores del Peru – Thousands expected

 

Date/Time: April 6, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to unknown

Location: Lima – Ministerio de Salud, Salaverry 801, Jesús María 15072

Group: National Federation of Obstetricians – 200 people estimated

 

Date/Time: April 6, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to unknown

Location: Lima – El Campo de Marte

Group: Confederación General de Trabajadores del Peru – 300 people estimated

 

Date/Time: April 6, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to unknown

Location: Cusco – Plaza Limacpampa Chico

Group: Union of civil construction workers of Cusco – 200 people estimated

 

Date/Time: April 6, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to unknown

Location: Lima – Jurado Nacional de Elecciones, Av. Nicolás de Piérola

Group: Voto Nulo – 80 people estimated

 

Date/Time: April 7, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. to unknown

Location: Lima – March from Plaza San Martin to Oficinas del Congreso de la República, Edificio José Faustino Sánchez Carrión; route unknown

Group: Ley Pulpin – 100 people estimated

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, maintain awareness of local events and their surroundings, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.  It is illegal in Peru for foreigners to participate in demonstrations.  In the past, some U.S. citizens who have been caught up in political demonstrations in Peru have been detained and expelled from the country.

Demonstrations in Peru are often peaceful, but can quickly escalate into violent confrontations.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website.  The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays. Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/crisis-support.html