Event: Nationwide Demonstrations on July 20, 2021
The U.S. Embassy is aware of planned demonstration activities throughout Colombia on July 20, 2021, which is Colombia’s Independence Day. Demonstrations, which could turn violent, are expected in the late afternoon and evening on July 20, particularly in the following locations:
- Portal de las Americas
- Portal Suba
- Heroes Monument
- Plaza de Bolivar
- National University
- National Pedagogical University
- Cuban Embassy
- National Park
- Parque Virrey
There have also been reports of potential demonstrations and blockades on routes leading in and out of Bogota. Expect frequent delays and detours.
In other cities, the marches are expected to be concentrated in the main squares. Traffic may be adversely affected, with unexpected road closures throughout various cities.
Additionally, be advised that the nationwide demonstrations continue to impact other parts of Colombia not addressed in this notice. We will continue to monitor the protests and will provide relevant information as needed.
While most protests 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.
- Keep a low profile.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Plan for alternative travel routes or remain in place if travel becomes difficult.
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- U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
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