Bolivia Protest ALert

Updated 8 November 2019





US Department of State and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel

Warnings: As of 8 November 2019, there are travel alerts for Bolivia.

The U.S. Department of State updated it’s status for Bolivia on 1 Nov 2019 to Level 2:

Exercise increased caution in Bolivia due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Santa Cruz metropolitan area due to civil unrest.

  • Cochabamba metropolitan area due to civil unrest.

Country Summary: There are recurring demonstrations, strikes, roadblocks, and marches

in major cities in Bolivia. Demonstrations and marches are centered on city plazas and

major thoroughfares. Roadblocks and strikes cut off traffic on main avenues, highways

between cities, and airport access. There are reports of sporadic violence, and local

authorities have used crowd control measures to discourage protests.


Domestic and international flights may be delayed or cancelled, and road travel around and

between cities is regularly impeded due to demonstrations.


Situation:

Protests continue to rock Bolivia as Evo Morales’ claimed election win 20 October is being

called into question with claims that it was rigged.

  • Tuesday (11/5) in to Wednesday (11/6) – police fired tear gas as protesters attempted to march on the presidential palace in La Paz.

  • Wednesday, November 6 – a 20-year-old student died after clashes between pro- & anti-government demonstrations in Cochabamba. Brings total to three of those who have died since the election results were announced and over 100 injured.

  • Thursday, November 7 – Female mayor of Vinto, Patricia Arce, was dragged from her office and through the streets barefoot by protesters, her hair forcefully cut and paint dumped on her. Her office at municipal headquarters were set on fire. Arce is a member of Morales’ ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) party. The violence against her erupted after rumors that two of the opposition had been killed.

  • Opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho has been leading protests in Bolivia’s most populated city Santa Cruz. Reports that he’d arrived in La Paz this past Wednesday with demands that Morales resign.


Possible Effects:

  • Increased security presence

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  • Remain calm

  • Do not exit your vehicle

  • Call the authorities

  • Emergency Services (police, fire, and medical): 110

  • U.S. Embassy at +591 (2) 216-8000

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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