Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy, Colombia, May 5, 2021

Location: Colombia

Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of continuing demonstrations, unrest, and disruptions throughout Colombia. The Paro Nacional (National Strike Committee) has called for more unions and groups to join the nationwide demonstrations.

In Bogota, we have learned of protests planned for the following areas today, May 5:

  • Parque Nacional
  • Plaza de Bolívar
  • Portal de Suba
  • Monumentos de los Heroes
  • Universidad Militar
  • Universidad Nacional
  • Universidad Pedagógica

While exact routes for these demonstrations are uncertain, you may encounter disturbances, traffic detours, and violence at or near these locations.

The nationwide events have caused the shutdown of local roads and major highways, often without prior notice or estimated reopening. Road closures may significantly reduce access to public transportation and airports and may disrupt travel both within and between cities. Several cities, including Bogota and Cali, have seen vandalism, looting, and destruction. Demonstrations have been site to several fatalities and hundreds of injuries across the country.We are monitoring 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 by phone or email; see details below.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid protest areas.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.