The U.S. Embassy in Managua informs U.S. citizens that people are currently gathering for a march to take place on Carretera Masaya this afternoon. People are gathering near Teresiano High School (Carretera Masaya), Metro Centro Roundabout, Centro America Roundabout and the Hilton (Princess) and planning to walk to towards the main police station close to Metro Centro. There is no specific end time for this event. The march, organized by Movimiento de Mujeres, will take place with the stated purpose of protesting violence towards women and the murder of two young children in the North Caribbean Coast by the Army. There are approximately 300-400 people ready to march in these areas and approximately 200 anti-riot police officers in place.
The Embassy’s Regional Security Office has advised Embassy personnel to avoid the area. 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:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Nicaragua Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, at 011-505-2252-7100, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov<mailto:ACS.Managua@state.gov>. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also 011-505-2252-7100 or 011-505-8786-7100
- 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).