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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Santiago (Chile), Protests expected July 11-12

Western Hemisphere > Chile; Western Hemisphere > Chile > Santiago

Protests between opponents of and proponents for LGBTQ rights turned violent yesterday and required significant intervention by Chilean police. The demonstrations will resume today and are expected to proceed southward from the commune of Recoleta towards the commune of Puente Alto. Chilean police presence is expected to be robust. Demonstrations are expected to continue in Valparaiso tomorrow.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Local law enforcement recommends avoiding these areas during the march.  Generally, you should exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  We advise you to monitor the media for the latest information on the location of the demonstration and be alert to your surroundings.  

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