Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Chennai (India), Protests in Tamil Nadu, January 23

This is an update to the previous emergency message sent on January 19, 2017. Protests continue across Tamil Nadu, including at Marina Beach in Chennai, regarding the practice of bull taming (jallikattu). Various sources have reported confrontations between police and protestors in Chennai and in other cities across the state that in some cases have turned violent. Some schools and businesses have reportedly closed as a precaution. Media have covered spontaneous demonstrations occurring on multiple thoroughfares in Chennai causing blockages and other disruptions to transportation.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even gatherings 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.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council