Location: Bogota, Colombia
Event: Demonstrations on Monday, September 21, 2020
The U.S. Embassy is aware of demonstrations planned to take place tomorrow, September 21. In Bogota, several trade unions and the National Unemployment Committee are expected to protest against police brutality and continued economic conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Protests are expected in the following locations in Bogota:
- A vehicle caravan gathering at Calle 8 and Carrera 97 at the entrance of Barrio Quirigua at 9 am;
- A sit-in at Carrera 13 and Calle 36 at 1:00 pm;
- A sit-in at San Luis Park, at Calle 60 and Calle 18, at 2:00 pm;
- A march from the Centro de Memoria Historica, located at Carrera 20 #37-80, at 2:00 pm, moving to Plaza Bolivar by 4:00 pm;
- Three vehicle caravans leaving from the Autopista Norte and Calle 170, Portal 80, and Sevillana, moving to the Ministry of Labor, located at Calle 100 and Carrera 14.
U.S. citizens should expect traffic delays and potential road blockages in the areas of planned protests.
The Embassy will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. While most protests remain peaceful, large crowds confronted by police or anti-riot forces may turn violent rapidly.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local media for updates on demonstration and security conditions.
- Exercise caution near large gatherings or protests.
- Plan alternative travel routes or remain in place if planned travel is inhibited.
- For emergency assistance, contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy using the information below.
- U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
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- U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- Colombia Country Information
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