Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (March 23, 2019)

Location:  Managua, countrywide

Event:  In response to a pro-democracy protest planned in Managua at 2:00 p.m. March 23, the Embassy has directed personnel to temporarily avoid the Masaya Highway from Jean Paul Genie Rotonda to Rotonda El Güegüense.  Additional demonstrations may occur in Managua or elsewhere in Nicaragua with little or no notice.  Please monitor local media for updates, and remember that violence may break out at any demonstration.

Additionally, the Embassy has directed personnel to avoid the Bicentennial Carnival scheduled for 3:00 p.m. March 23 between the Hugo Chavez Rotonda and the Malecon Rotonda, due to the possibility of pro-government demonstrations.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid demonstrations and leave the area immediately if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Do not participate in demonstrations. Foreigners, including U.S.-Nicaraguan dual nationals, risk arrest or expulsion if they participate in protests.
  • Do not attempt to drive through large groups or barricades encountered on the street.
  • Monitor local media for updates. Radio Corporacion and Channel 10 can provide the most updated news. Online media including Confidencial, Articulo 66, and La Mesa Redonda are also useful resources.
  • Please note the Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory urging U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to civil unrest, an increase in violent crime, and limited healthcare availability.

Assistance:

Please follow the links or call the numbers below for consular assistance.