Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in La Paz

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place on October 17, 2017.  Demonstrators will gather at the “Heroes de Octubre” Coliseum in the city of El Alto, and will march to the San Francisco Square in the city of La Paz.  Demonstrators will be marching with the stated purpose of commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Bolivian gas conflict also known as “Black October”.  According to the local media, approximately 1,000 to 1,500 people are expected to participate in this demonstration.  Heavy traffic is expected in the surrounding areas.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information about security in Bolivia:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bolivia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, located at 2780 Arce Avenue in La Paz, at +591-2-216-8246 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.
  • Contact the U.S. Consular Agency in Santa Cruz, located at Radial Castilla, S/N, Across from the Colegio Santo Tomás playing field, at +591-3-351-3477 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).