Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert Update – U.S. Embassy Managua (April 21, 2018)

Demonstration Alert Update – U.S. Embassy Managua (April 21, 2018)

Location:  Managua, Nicaragua

Event:  Demonstrations continue in response to a recent policy change regarding the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS).  Demonstrations continue to involve violence.  Locations and times of demonstrations are unpredictable and often occur spontaneously in multiple locations throughout Managua and all of Nicaragua.  Traffic and the overall security environment in areas with protests will be affected.  As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, major routes to the Sandino airport are currently blocked.  Parts of Carretera Masaya (from approximately kilometer 9 heading southward) are currently blocked by burning tires and protesters.

Actions to Take:

  • Except in emergency, restrict travel and remain in your homes as long as the area in which you live continues to be impacted by demonstrations and you feel safe in your home.
  • Move to a safer location if demonstrations are nearing your area and you can safely move.
  • Monitor local media for updates on the security situation in your area.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, and do not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or    barricades encountered on the street.
  • Keep a low profile.