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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Buenos Aires (Argentina), Protest Near Embassy

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The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Argentina of a protest planned for April 8, 2017 at 1600.  The protest is reportedly in response to the U.S. airstrike in Syria.  It will begin in Plaza Italia and march toward the U.S. Embassy.  The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid the protest area.  You should expect disruptions in traffic around the protest.
 
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
 
Note: The timestamp on this e-mail message may reflect Washington, D.C., time, which may differ from local time.
 
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Argentina enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program<https://step.state.gov/step/> (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
 
Regularly monitor the State Department's website<http://travel.state.gov/>, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Argentina<http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1130.html#country>.  For additional information, refer to the Traveler's Checklist<http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/checklist.html> on the State Department's website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter<http://twitter.com/#!/travelgov> and Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/travelgov>.
 
The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires is located at Avenida Colombia 4300 in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires (near the Plaza Italia stop on the "D" line subway) and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by appointment only, except U.S. and Argentine holidays.  The main Embassy switchboard telephone is (54) (11) 5777-4533.  Recorded consular information, including instructions on whom to contact in case of a U.S. citizen emergency, is available at tel. (54) (11) 4514-1830.  The main Embassy fax is (54) (11) 5777-4240.  The Consular Section fax is (54) (11) 5777-4293.  The Consular Section is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by appointment only, except on U.S. and Argentine holidays.  Additional information on Embassy services is available by e-mail at BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov<mailto:BuenosAires-ACS@state.gov>.