Large Public Gatherings Planned Throughout Peru through April 11, 2015 (April 1, 2015)

The Peruvian National Police (PNP) has informed the Embassy of large public gatherings that may have significant impact on traffic in Lima and at other locations within Peru:

Large Public Gatherings
April 1 Group: People of the Community of Islay
Location: Arequipa – Province of Islay, district of Cocachacra
Participation: Numbers Unknown
April 1 Group: Cotton farmers of Pisco Valley
Location: Ica – Ovalo, Carretera via Libertadores, district of San Clemente
Participation: 300 Participants Expected
April 1 Group: Unknown
Location: Ayacucho, province of Huamanga
Participation: 500 Participants Expected
April 1 Group: Sindicato de Trabajadores de Construccion Civil
Location: Iquitos
Participation: 200 Participants Expected
April 2 Group: Front of Defense of Province of Concepcion
Location: Junin, province of Huancayo, district of El Tambo
Participation: 200 Participants Expected
April 5 Group: Facebook – Ciro Silva Paredes
Location: Lima, San Isidro
Participation: Numbers Unknown
April 6 Group: Movimiento Independiente Regional “Puro Ancash”
Location: Ancash: Caraz, Conococha, and Callan
Participation: Numbers Unknown
April 6 Group: Tourist companies of Cusco
Location: Cusco: Districts of Ollantaytambo, Yucay and Huayllabamba
Participation: Numbers Unknown
April 7 Group: Federación Nacional de Trabajadores de Construcción Civil
Location: Lima: Plaza Bolognesi to Congress
Participation: Numbers Unknown
April 7 Group: Colectivo Juvenil “Rock Grunge”
Location: Lima: Plaza San Martin
Participation: 80 Participants Expected
April 8 Group: Union workers and Teachers Union
Location: National
Participation: Numbers Unknown
April 8 Group: Unknown
Location: Lima: Intersection of Av. Corpac and Av. Via Expresa
Participation: 50 Participants Expected
April 8 Group: Social organizations, Front of Defense of Talara, Workers Union
Location: Piura
Participation: 200 Participants Expected
April 8 Group: Coalicion de Sindicatos de Petro Peru
Location: Piura: March to Lima
Participation: 2,500 Participants Expected
April 8 Group: Frente de Defensa de los Intereses del Pueblo de Huaylas
Location: Ancash (Huaraz)
Participation: 150 Participants Expected
April 9 Group: Human Settlements “Las Palmeras” and “Heroes del Cenepa”
Location: Lima: District of Villa El Salvador
Participation: 500 Participants Expected
April 9 Group: Workers Union (CGTP)
Location: Lambayeque (Chiclayo)
Participation: 500 Participants Expected
April 11 Group: Colectivo “Union Civil Ya”
Location: Parque Washington to Plaza San Martin
Participation: 650 Participants Expected

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).

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us onTwitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

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 here. 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