Security Message for US Citizens: Ongoing Protests: Asuncion (Paraguay), Avoid Presidential compound and area near the U.S. Embassy

Local media is reporting that the ongoing campesino demonstrators are currently marching towards the presidential compound which is directly adjacent to the U.S. Embassy compound on Mariscal Lopez Avenue. Security personnel are already making preparations that may include road blocks near the embassy. Mission personnel have been advised to consider departing the compound earlier than normal to avoid difficulties. U.S. citizens in the area should be aware of an increased police presence in this area and some businesses in the area may close early due to the unstable environment.

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.

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