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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: La Paz (Bolivia), Demonstrations in La Paz

Western Hemisphere > Bolivia; Western Hemisphere > Bolivia > La Paz

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz informs U.S. citizens that according to the local media two demonstrations are expected to take place in La Paz on August 30, 2017. The first demonstration will concentrate approximately 300 to 500 street vendors that will march from the Alonso de Mendoza Square towards the City Hall in downtown La Paz to protest against the issuance of street vendor’s credentials. The second demonstration will gather approximately 80 to 100 transportation leaders from the Rio Abajo neighborhood that will block the routes to Mallasa. Be aware that these demonstrations may last for several more days and will continue to impact traffic.

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.

For further information about security in Bolivia:

· See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bolivia Country Specific Information.

· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

· Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, located at 2780 Arce Avenue in La Paz, at +591-2-216-8246 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.

· Contact the U.S. Consular Agency in Santa Cruz, located at Radial Castilla, S/N, Across from the Colegio Santo Tomás playing field, at +591-3-351-3477 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.

· Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).