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Demonstration Alert: Cartagena, Colombia
January 16, 2022

Location:  Cartagena, Colombia

Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of planned demonstration activities throughout Cartagena on January 17, 2022, beginning at 5 am.

The Mototaxi Union plans to block traffic at points throughout the city to protest “pico y placa” and restrictions barring motorcycles from using all the city’s main roads.

While protests are expected to remain peaceful, large crowds confronted by police or anti-riot forces may turn violent rapidly. If you need assistance, please contact us at the phone number and/or email provided below.

Actions to Take:

Avoid protest areas.

Avoid crowds and demonstrations.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Monitor local media for updates.

Plan for alternative travel routes or remain in place if travel becomes difficult


U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia
Tel.+57-1-275-2000 or 601-275-2000

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

Colombia Country Information

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