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Demonstration Alert – March 1 Protests in Cartagena Continue
February 28, 2022

Location:  Cartagena, Colombia 

Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of planned demonstration activities throughout Cartagena on March 1, 2022.  

The Motorcycle Workers Union is planning a second day of protests throughout the city to protest “pico y placa” and restrictions barring motorcycles from using all the city’s main roads.  

The demonstration is expected to begin at 5 am in South Cartagena and will extend to various points in the city. On February 28, 2022, protesters burned a bus, vandalized two bus stations, and burned tires in the road to block traffic. 

U.S government personnel in Cartagena have been advised to telework.  

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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