January 11, 2019
Event: Various organizations announced today, January 11, that demonstrations and roadblocks will occur throughout Guatemala over the coming days. Expect heavy traffic and blocked roads throughout Guatemala City and in other areas in the country resulting in multiple hour delays. We do not have specific information relating to start or end times for these blockades. U.S. Embassy operations are normal unless otherwise announced.
There is an announced march that will start at the Obelisco toward the Constitutional Court in Guatemala City on Saturday, January 12. On Monday, January 14, a march will start from the end of Reforma Avenue in zona 10 (Calle Mariscal Cruz) in Guatemala City toward downtown, ending at the Constitutional Court.
There are announced roadblocks at various points on several highways in Guatemala for January 14 and 15. The named highways include the following:
• CA-1 WEST
• CA-1 EAST
• CA-2 WEST
• CITO 180
• CA-9 NORTH
• CA-10 EAST
• CA-11 EAST
• CA-13 NORTH
• CA-14 NORTH
Demonstrations are also expected in the following cities and areas on January 14 and 15:
• San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango
• Entronque de Cunen, Quiché
• Cantabal Muxcal, Ixcan Quiché
• Santa Cruz del Quiche, Quiche
• San Miguel Ixtaguacan, San Marcos
• Aguas Calientes de San Carlos Sija, Quetzaltenango
• Franja Transversal del norte
• Santa Elena, Peten – in front the Mundo Maya Airport
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 areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
• State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
• Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates