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Embassy Notice: Security Message for US Citizens – Day of the Young Combatant

Embassy Notice: Security Message for US Citizens – Day of the Young Combatant
March 29
17:30 2012

chile news, noticias chileTo: U.S. Citizens in Chile
From: Tristan Spiceland, Acting Consul General
Date: March 29, 2012
Subject: Security Message: Day of the Young Combatant

The United States Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile of the likelihood of disturbances in Santiago on Thursday, March 29, in connection with the anniversary of the Day of the Young Combatant (Dia del Joven Combatiente).

In the past, this day has sometimes been accompanied by incidents of violence including the burning of objects and throwing of rocks and bricks at bystanders and vehicles.  Incidents such as these have occurred in downtown Santiago, specifically on Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins, Avenida Americo Vespucio, the vicinity of the university Pedagogico de Macul and the outskirts of Santiago.  The U.S. Embassy recommends you avoid these areas and downtown areas particularly at night when incidents of violence will escalate. Over 4000 Carabineros will be posted throughout Santiago. Chilectra is advising all Santiago residents to keep flashlight and candles nearby in case electrical transformers are damaged by vandalism as has been the case in previous years.

U.S. citizens should monitor the media for the latest information on the locations of demonstrations, be alert to their surroundings, and avoid any large gatherings or events where crowds may assemble to demonstrate or protest.

U.S. citizens in Chile should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website http://chile.usembassy.gov and the U.S. Department of State travel website http://travel.state.gov, where current Country Specific Information (CSI), Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad,” found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html, which includes valuable security information for those both residing and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Citizens traveling and residing in Chile are advised to register their presence in the country through the U.S. Department of State’s automated online registration system found at https://travelregistration.state.gov.  U.S. Citizens in Chile can contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, located at Avenida Andres Bello 2800, telephone 011 (56)(2) 330-3000, fax 011 (56)(2) 330-3005; e-mail SantiagoAmcit@state.gov

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Matt Niner

Matt lived in Chile for nearly two years before receiving a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego. He spent two years teaching English in Japan and a year studying in Brazil, but says that Chile is where he feels most at home.

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