This Warden Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to possible disturbances related to a political demonstration. The demonstration is planned for Sunday, February 20 at 9:00 A.M. in the vicinity of Rotunda Ruben Dario, located near Metrocentro Mall in Managua. U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Managua are reminded for their personal security to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid large crowds due to the potential for violence.



The Embassy's Regional Security Office has recommended that Embassy personnel avoid the affected area in Managua and avoid driving through barricades encountered on the street. While traveling by car, personnel should keep windows up and doors locked in their vehicles and carry a cell phone at all times. The Embassy has also urged its employees and family members to monitor media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.



The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. American citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution. Activities observed during past demonstrations include, but are not limited to the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, the launching of explosive "morteros," rock-throwing, tire burning, road blocks, bus/vehicle burning, and other types of physical violence between law enforcement and protestors or between rival factions. Street protests and/or clashes may continue to occur and may be unpredictable in time, place, and intensity.



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The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua. The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100. For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer. The ACS unit is also available by email at ACS.Managua@state.gov <mailto:ACS.Managua@state.gov>



General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104. Non-emergency services for U.S. citizens are available Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, except on Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays.



For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website <http://nicaragua.usembassy.gov> and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website <http://www.travel.state.gov> , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad <http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/...fety_1747.html> ", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.