Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Port Au Prince (Haiti), Burning Tires near Aristide University today

The Embassy has received reports of burning tires near Aristide University. All U.S. Citizens are advised to avoid the area.

Please keep in mind that demonstrations in Haiti, even peaceful ones, can escalate quickly and even turn violent, so the Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and avoid this area as much as possible. Should you find yourself among or near protesters, depart the area immediately.

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 Haiti:

" See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Haiti 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 Haiti, located at Tabarre 41, Boulevard du 15 Octobre, Tabarre, Haiti; telephone 509-2229-8000; after-hours emergency telephone 509-3464-3998; ACS unit fax 509-2229-8027; e-mail ; website.

" 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).

Note: The computer generated timestamp on this e-mail message may not be accurate.

If your contact information has changed or you are no longer in Haiti, please update your STEP account as the Embassy cannot do it for you

Source: U.S. Department of State