Demonstrations and protests are scheduled to take place across Venezuela on Wednesday. Protests have been marked by violence in the past, and further clashes can be expected. President Maduro has overseen a significant decline in the quality of living in Venezuela, and his government has been clamping down on opposition.
On Monday 27 soldiers in the National Guard launched a short-lived mutiny in a poor area of Caracas, announcing themselves to be against President Maduro. The soldiers have since been arrested, but some people rallied in support of them. This is likely to increase tensions further ahead of the protests.
Anti-government demonstrators set a barricade during clashes with police and troops in the surroundings of a National Guard command post in Cotiza. #AFPphoto by @YuriYurisky pic.twitter.com/mFtGJrxgBu
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) January 21, 2019
If you are in the area, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning. The authorities are likely to clamp down on the protests – expect tear gas and rubber bullets as the minimum.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location. Be aware that consular assistance may be difficult in many parts of Venezuela.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
- If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Official travel advice
UPDATE #Venezuela: demonstrations are scheduled to take place across the country on January 23. Clashes between protesters and security forces have recently occurred. Be extremely cautious. https://t.co/cK7HdYMOpG
— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) January 21, 2019
#Venezuela Demonstration Alert: Demonstrations scheduled countrywide on Jan 23, and may continue through the week. The US Embassy will maintain normal business hours. US govt personnel restricted to the following neighborhoods in #Caracas: Valle Arriba, Sante Fe, Las Mercedes. pic.twitter.com/ux9EccdAI9
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 18, 2019
#Venezuela Travel Advisory Update – Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: This advisory has been reissued after periodic review with updates to information on consular access and neighborhoods within Caracas. Read the full advisory at: https://t.co/OByqhGutvc pic.twitter.com/NBT3uYTcsc
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 16, 2019
Further news and information
Venezuela faced more turmoil when a small team of soldiers, claiming to be members of the country’s armed forces, attempted an uprising against the government of President Nicolas Maduro and triggered violent street protests in Caracas https://t.co/uq5gdjVCzf
— CNN (@CNN) January 22, 2019
Venezuela’s government says it has put down a mutiny by a National Guard unit in a poor neighborhood a few miles from the presidential palace. https://t.co/NTBXDMoQZ5
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 21, 2019
Nicolas Maduro faces a litany of threats to his hold on power in Venezuela https://t.co/uxOQVS9zla
— Bloomberg (@business) January 22, 2019
Pres. #Maduro of #Venezuela is more vulnerable than ever, as soldiers are deserting the barracks because they have no food or equipment. Per @MiamiHerald “11,000 professionals left the armed forces, including nearly 5,000 National Guard members” in 2018.https://t.co/jDCSdL0M94
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) January 21, 2019
Restricting Twitter and social media at a time when the public most needs to be informed is a violation of digital rights and human rights. Updates from #Venezuela by @business #KeepItOnhttps://t.co/laXmTf51cy
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) January 21, 2019
On the 12th, #Venezuela blocked #Wikipedia – a site which remains available even in restrictive environments like China and Iran. Measurements suggest authorities have become highly sensitive to online criticism in recent weeks https://t.co/p8KZskcz8T
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) January 21, 2019
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 21, 2019
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