travel to potosi disrupted 17 june 2008
U.S. EMBASSY LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
June 16, 2008
This Warden message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Bolivia that there are credible reports that Potosi miners and other sectors have taken control of the Prefecture and other institutions and have radicalized their blockades. Please be aware that travel to and from Potosi has been disrupted. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and exercise extreme caution.
American citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
Americans are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to
exercise caution if within the vicinity of any protests. If you find yourself in the vicinity of a large gathering, it is recommended you leave the area immediately for your own safety.
The police will be on a heightened alert for potential civil unrest. Because the police will be involved in addressing potential civil unrest, there will be minimal municipal patrols. As a result, you can expect criminals to take advantage of large crowds and use ruse or diversionary tactics to prey on potential street victims. Pick-pocketing, purse snatching, and car thefts are the most common street crimes during such periods. Everyone is advised to limit their cash on hand, unnecessary credit cards, jewelry, and other portable valuables.
Americans residing or traveling in Bolivia are encouraged to register and update their contact information at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz and/or the U.S. consular agencies in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Registration may be done online and can be done in advance of travel. Information on registering may be found at the Department of State's Consular Affairs web site:
U.S. citizens should consult the Country Specific Information for
Bolivia and the latest Travel Alerts and Warnings and Worldwide
Caution at the Department's web site at http://travel.state.gov.
Updated information on travel and security in Bolivia may also be
obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or by calling 1-202-501-4444 outside the United States. During regular work hours, the American Citizens Services unit at the Embassy in La Paz may be reached at 591-2-216-8297. The consular agencies may be reached in Santa Cruz at 591-3-351-3477 and in Cochabamba at 591-3-425-6714.
We hope this information is useful to you. If we may provide further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
American Citizen Services Unit
U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia