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Message for U.S. Citizens

Demonstrations in Managua: December 3, 2011

This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to demonstrations that have been planned for the morning of Saturday, December 3rd in Managua.

Political opposition and civil society groups are planning a march in protest of the recent national elections. The march is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Rotonda Centroamerica and end at the Supreme Electoral Council headquarters near the Rotonda Metrocentro.

Typically, protests in Managua take place at major intersections or rotundas. Activities observed during past protests include, but are not limited to, the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, fireworks, rock-throwing, tire burning, road blocks, bus/vehicle burning and physical violence between members of rival political parties. Police have often been slow to respond, and reluctant to interfere in violent confrontations between rival political factions.

U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Nicaragua are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. It is advisable that you avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to reports in local news media.

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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 <>

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104. Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment on-line <> . In case of an emergency please call 2252-7100.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website <> and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website <> , 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 <> ", 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.