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Security Message for US Citizens: Asuncion (Paraguay), Scheduled Protest at 4:00 pm

Western Hemisphere > Paraguay > Asuncion

There is a scheduled demonstration this afternoon at 4:00 pm at la plaza Herminio Giménez, located on Fray Luis de Granada, one block east of Avenida Brasilia in the Mariscal Lopez neighborhood of Asuncion.  This is the only scheduled protest that we are aware of outside of downtown for this afternoon/evening.

All guidance from Security Message UPDATE 1 of 1 April 2017 is still in effect.

Travel to the downtown area including Plaza de Armas, Plaza Uruguaya and the vicinity south of the Costanera is currently restricted for official U.S. travelers. Out of an abundance of caution, official U.S. personnel are also recommended to observe a curfew at dusk, which is approximately 6:00 PM in Asuncion.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to defer non-essential travel to the affected area until further notice. U.S. citizens are also encouraged to closely follow news coverage of breaking events, keep cell phones charged and handy, and carefully weigh non-essential travel in and around Asuncion after dark, as conditions could deteriorate quickly. At the current time, airports remain open and unrestricted.

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.