This Warden Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to possible street violence in association with ongoing student demonstrations at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) in Managua. U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Managua are reminded to maintain a high level of security awareness and to avoid large crowds due to the potential for violence.

The Embassy's Regional Security Office has recommended that Embassy personnel avoid the area around UNAN and the University Rotunda (rotonda universitaria) in Managua, and that personnel avoid driving through barricades encountered on the street, 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 stay current with 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.