Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Demonstrations planned

The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro alerts U.S. citizens in Rio de Janeiro to a series of planned protests for tomorrow, Friday, March 31, 2017 starting at 10:00 a.m. and scheduled until 7:00 p.m. in the following locations in Rio de Janeiro:

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Praia de Copacabana (Avenida Atlantica)- Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro, organized by Caminhada Pelada. The number of expected attendees is approximately 1,000.

2:00 p.m.: CinelAndia - Centro - Rio de Janeiro, organized by Black Bloc. The number of expected attendees is several hundred.

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Igreja Nossa Senhora da Candelaria - Avenida Presidente Vargas - Centro - Rio de Janeiro, organized by Povo Sem Medo, Frente Brasil Popular-RJ, and Frente Esquerda Socialista. The number of expected attendees is several thousand.

5:00 p.m.: Candelaria - Centro - Rio de Janeiro, organized by Povo Sem Medo. The number of expected attendees is unknown.

Local authorities as well as social media indicate that large numbers of demonstrators plan to assemble, causing disruptions to vehicle traffic and pedestrian movement in the affected areas. Police and security forces have historically allowed peaceful protests and urged protestors to act accordingly. However, some demonstrations in Brazil in recent months have resulted in violent clashes.

U.S. citizens should avoid protests and areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Brazil are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

If you require assistance, please contact the U.S. Consulate using the contact information below.

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro

Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo

Rio de Janeiro, RJ - 20030-020

Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia

Phone: (21) 3823-2000

After-Hours Emergencies:(21) 3823-2029

Email: acsrio@state.gov

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council