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Security Alert – Second Round of the Presidential Election Process
June 16, 2022

Location:  Colombia, countrywide

Event:  The second round of the presidential election process will take place in Colombia on Sunday, June 19, 2022.  Colombian authorities will deploy large number of security personnel throughout the country in an effort to ensure a peaceful electoral process.  The Colombian National Police Director General announced on June 14 that police will be on “maximum alert” after detecting plans by radical groups to reject the results of the election vote and commit acts of violence across the country.

There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to and on the day of the election.  Even peaceful demonstrations have the potential to turn violent without any warning.

Roads may be closed in major cities, including Bogota, on June 19.  Land and sea borders will be closed from 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 18 until 6:00 am on Monday, June 20.  Alcohol sales are restricted from 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 18 until noon on Monday, June 20.

Actions to Take: 

* Comply with local regulations.

* Monitor local media for updates.

* Avoid demonstrations.

* Maintain a high level of vigilance, especially in popular public areas.

* Review your personal security plans; be prepared to shelter in place should prolonged protests develop.

* Travelers should be prepared to extend their stay in their current location if demonstration activities result in transportation routes being blocked or airports being inaccessible or closed.