Security Message for U.S. Citizens: La Paz (Bolivia), Demonstration in El Alto

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz informs U.S. citizens that demonstrators are expected gather in San Francisco Square and Colon Street and block all access to El Alto. Street Vendors of La Paz, FEJUVE (Federation of Neighborhood Councils) and COB (Central Obrera Boliviana) are protesting against the issuance of street vendor credentials. According to local media there will be approximately 1000 to 2500 people. Heavy traffic is expected in the surrounding 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.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council