Protests in Managua Planned for November 30 and December 1

Security Message for U.S. Citizens
November 29, 2016

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in Managua beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30 and at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1.

Wednesday, November 30:  The group Consejo Nacional de Defensa de la Tierra, Lago y Soberanía is organizing a march to protest the construction of the interoceanic canal.  Participants are planning to depart from their communities and arrive in the Managua area on the morning of November 30 and begin their march at approximately 10:00 a.m. Participants plan to enter Managua using Carretera North, passing by the La Prensa and El Nuevo Diario buildings, continuing to the Cine Gonzaleztraffic light, and later heading south to the National Assembly.  Additional participants from Southern Nicaragua will gather at the Empresa Nicaragüense de Electricidad (ENEL) Central traffic light and are expected to march along Simon Bolivar Avenue, passing the Hugo Chavez Rotunda, to the National Assembly.

Thursday, December 1:  The group Frente Amplio por la Democracia and other civil society groups are expected to protest against electoral fraud.  Participants will gather at 9:00 am at the ENEL Central traffic light and are expected to march east, passing by Universidad Centroamericana, the Ruben Dario Rotunda, and the Metrocentro mall until reaching the Supreme Electoral Council building.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information about security in Nicaragua:

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).