Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (September 21)

Location:  Managua

Event:  The Embassy has directed personnel to avoid the area around Centroamerica traffic circle on Saturday, September 21 due to a planned protest.  Other cities with a possibility of protests and strong police presence include Masaya, Leon, Matagalpa, Chinandega, Carazo, and Boaco.  The Embassy has directed personnel to avoid all major thoroughfares in Managua between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and avoid weekend travel to other potentially affected cities.  Please monitor local media for updates, and remember that violence may break out at any demonstration.

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, violent crime, and limited healthcare availability.

Assistance:

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