Planned Demonstration in Downtown Lima (April 5, 2016)

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

Location: Lima – Plaza San Martin – The Government of Peru has authorized this march in the downtown area (map attached)

Group: Colectivo Dignidad, Colectivo “Keiko No Va” and Confederación General de Trabajadores del Peru – several thousand participants are expected.

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.  There is a possibility of individuals or groups infiltrating otherwise peaceful protests and increasing the probability for violence to occur.  The U.S. Embassy is carefully monitoring rumors of alleged bomb threats and other acts of violence.  The Embassy has no evidence to substantiate these rumors.

This large public gathering may impact personal security and traffic patterns in areas throughout Lima.  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 National Elections on April 10, 2016.  Please plan accordingly.

For any U.S. citizens traveling in Peru, as a general rule it is best to avoid protests and large gatherings.  Additional travel guidance can be found on U.S. Embassy Lima’s American Citizen Services travel website for Peru, under SAFETY AND SECURITY: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/peru.html

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 on Twitter 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.  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