Location: Guatemala City
Event: The U.S. Embassy has received reports of announced marches and demonstrations in Guatemala City on November 3 and 4, 2023.
Beginning at 8:00 am on Friday, November 3, 2023, marchers are expected to gather at the four following locations and walk to the Public Ministry building in zone 1:
- Calzada Roosevelt and Anillo Periférico, zone 11
- Carretera al Atlántico, Portales Mall, zone 17
- Calzada Aguilar Batres and Anillo Periférico, zone 11
- Boulevard Vista Hermosa, in front of Multimedica building, zone 15
After arriving at the Public Ministry building, they intend to move to the Constitutional Court, and then to Plaza de la Constitución.
On Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 am, demonstrators again intend to gather in front of the Public Ministry building in zone 1. On Saturday, November 4, at 2:00 pm, they are expected to gather at Plaza de la Constitución in zone 1.
As always, the timing, size, and duration of planned demonstrations and roadblocks can change. Demonstrations can grow quickly in size and often move from one location to another, thus potentially disrupting movement. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens be aware and vigilant, avoiding protests, demonstrations, and roadblocks, when possible.
Please be advised that in an emergency, U.S. Embassy personnel are not first responders. If you need emergency assistance, Guatemala has a dedicated tourism assistance program (called PROATUR) whose sole mission is to assist and protect foreign tourists in Guatemala. Their emergency assistance call center – staffed with Spanish and English speakers – may be contacted 24/7 by calling 1500 from a Guatemalan phone number or (502) 2290-2810. You may also contact PROATUR by WhatsApp at +502-5188-1819. Note, however, that if any roads are blocked, PROATUR staff may not be able to travel through affected areas and would likely only be able to provide assistance once the road is clear.
Actions to Take:
- Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings, including local events.
- Monitor local news for updates.
- Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.
- Avoid affected areas and exercise caution.
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City
Phone: +502 2354-0000
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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