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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Demonstration December 12, 2016

Western Hemisphere > Brazil > Rio de Janeiro

The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro alerts U.S. citizens in Rio de Janeiro that media reporting and postings on social media indicate a large demonstration is planned for Rio de Janeiro on Monday, December 12, 2016. Reporting indicates that the demonstration will be in the vicinity of the State Legislative Assembly (ALERJ). Police and security forces have historically allowed peaceful protests and urged protestors to act accordingly. However, some demonstrations in Brazil in recent months have resulted in violent clashes. 

U.S. citizens should avoid the protests and areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Brazil are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly. 

If you require assistance, please contact the Consulate using the contact information below:

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo 
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020 
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Phone: (21) 3823-2000
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029

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