Location: Bogotá, Cartagena, Barranquilla, and possibly elsewhere in Colombia
Demonstrations from Thursday, November 19, to Saturday, November 21, 2020
The U.S. Embassy is aware of demonstrations planned to take place over the next several days in cities throughout Colombia to include Bogotá, Cartagena, and Barranquilla.
In Bogotá, three demonstrations are currently planned for tomorrow, Thursday, November 19:
- 6:00 am: March from the Portal del Sur to Pro-tabaco
- 8:30 am: Demonstration at the Ministry of Health on Carrera 7 by Calle 34
- 9:00 am: March from the National Park to the Plaza de Bolívar
In Cartagena, there are several planned demonstrations for tomorrow, November 19. At 10:00 am, protesters are expected to march from San Felipe Castle to Pedro de Heredia Avenue, Venezuela Avenue, San Martin Avenue, Estelar Hotel, Capilla del Mar Hotel, Carrera 3, and back again.
In Barranquilla, on Thursday, November 19, protesters are expected to meet at Esthercita Forero Park and march towards the Mayor’s Office.
On Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21, the following demonstration are expected in Bogotá:
Friday, November 20
- 7:00 am: Demonstration at Av. 1 de mayo and Calle 4
- 9:00 am: Demonstration at Parque de los Hippies (Calle 7 with Carrera 60)
- 9:00 am: Demonstration at Av. El dorado No 51-80
Saturday, November 21
- 7:00 am: Demonstration at Portal of the Americas
- 7:00 am: Demonstration at Portal de Norte
- 8:00 am: March from Avenida 1 de mayo con Carrera 10 to Plaza de la Hoja (Cra 30 with Calle 19) to Calle 19 and Carrera 4
- 9:00 am: March from Calle 19 and Carrera 4 to Parque de los Hippies
- 9:00 am: March from Parque de los Hippies (Carrera 7 with Calle 60) to Parque Nacional and Av. Calle 26 westward to Plazoleta de la Hoja.
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
- U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla firstname.lastname@example.org
- U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- Colombia Country Information
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