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    Warden Message – December Security
    December 5, 2008

    Nicaragua routinely experiences an increase in crime during the month of December, with the theft of jewelry, money, credit cards, vehicles and other valuables in unattended areas being the primary forms.

    The U.S. Embassy recommends taking appropriate security precautions, particularly while shopping at local markets or malls and upon arrival at Managua’s International Airport and at bus stations. Keep your wallet or purse close to your body. Do not flash cash or have large sums of money on you. Pay close attention to your surroundings when withdrawing money from ATM machines. Leave expensive jewelry at home. Avoid crime prone areas such as the Mercado Oriental. Park in well-lit and non-isolated areas and know the location of your vehicle.

    La Purisima – December 7

    Many Nicaraguans will celebrate “La Purisima – Griteria” on December 7. During this Catholic religious celebration, streets all over the country will be crowded starting at around 4:00 PM. In Managua, local authorities expect large concentrations of people at “La Plaza de La Revolucion,” all rotundas, the Tiscapa Bridge and the area of Km 8.5 South Highway where street altars have been placed. Vehicle access might be restricted in these areas.

    Please be advised that fireworks, and possibly firearms, will be discharged during the celebrations. The Nicaraguan National Police have authorized only Police Officers, Nicaraguan Army and private security guards properly identified to carry their weapons on December 7 and December 8. Private individuals are not authorized to carry personal weapons of any kind (firearms, switchblades and knives) on those days. Despite this regulation, firearms might still be discharged.

    Planned March – December 10

    The U.S. Embassy has received information that members of civil society organizations are organizing a march on December 10 to protest human rights violations. The march is scheduled to depart from Rotonda El Gueguense at 9:00 AM and end at Rotonda El Periodista, but the route and time may change.

    We remind U.S. citizens that even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid the affected areas if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gathering. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

    On November 17, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert to warn U.S. citizens about heightened security concerns in Nicaragua. You can find a link to this Travel Alert on the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_2477.html.

    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 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," found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_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.

    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 011-505-252-7100. 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.

    General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-252-7888. 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.

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    It has already started, I think. Last night, a colleague's house and the Swedish School, both situated in Las Colinas, was broken into.

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    In general this Holiday may come as worse than others. There have been quite a few layoffs this year in Nicaragua. On top of that many of the Government Alcaldia workers throughout the country are looking at getting canned towards the begining of Next year, due to their political affiliations.

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    Quien causa tanta angustia?

    La dictadura de Ortega!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Quien causa tanta angustia?

    La dictadura de Ortega!
    ha! They are now saying that pregnancies are going to go up next year, thanks to Ortega. Apparently some of that US money is dedicated to contraception (which they claim about 70% of the country uses) and sexual education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 frijoles View Post
    ha! They are now saying that pregnancies are going to go up next year, thanks to Ortega. Apparently some of that US money is dedicated to contraception (which they claim about 70% of the country uses) and sexual education.
    that means from bad to worse. a developing nation doesn't need more mouths to feed.
    All this for a flag? Michelle Obama http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/0...our-years-ago/

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    I guess I'm new enough here - strikes me as strange that a country so damaged by war would continue celebrating with the toys of war ie. firing of guns, loud fireworks etc........

    I'll be glad when the xmas stuff is over - the 4am marching band stuff has gotten pretty old, pretty quick......

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    welcome
    All this for a flag? Michelle Obama http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/0...our-years-ago/

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    The fireworks will not end until well after new years (el año nuevo nalgas neuvo)

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelling man View Post
    The fireworks will not end until well after new years (el año nuevo nalgas neuvo)
    and maybe til the next set of elections
    All this for a flag? Michelle Obama http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/0...our-years-ago/

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