DATE: February 5, 2012
TO: EMERGENCY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
SUBJECT: Widespread Disruption and Protests along Pan-American Highway
and throughout Panama
Dear Wardens: Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your
area. Thank you.
The U.S. Embassy in Panama City alerts U.S. citizens to continued
disruptions and demonstrations along the Pan-American Highway near the
San Felix area in Chiriqui (Ngobe Bugle region) and elsewhere in Panama.
There are reports of violent confrontations between the Panamanian
police and protestors in the San Juan, San Felix, Horconcitos and Vigui
While the Pan-American Highway is reported to be open, protesters
continue in their attempts to block it with rocks, trees, and burning
tires at various points between Chiriqui and San Felix. Protesters have
been reportedly throwing rocks at passing vehicles. GOP Security
Services continue to use tear gas and other riot control measures.
There are further reports of additional demonstrations in the areas of
David and Changuinola, and of possible demonstrations in the Panama City
area beginning on Monday, February 6, 2012. American citizens are urged
to avoid areas of demonstrations, to defer traveling to and within areas
known to have current protest activity, and to exercise caution in any
area of confrontation between police and protestors.
Other protests on this or other issues may occur with little or no
warning. The Embassy continues to caution its employees and all U.S.
citizens to exercise heightened security awareness and avoid crowds and
any areas where there are demonstrations or where confrontations could
For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should
regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at
http://travel.state.gov where the current Travel Warnings and Publc
Announcements, including the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, can
be found. Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be
obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. or for callers
outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.
These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please
contact the American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at
207-7030. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in
Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama. The Consular
Section fax is 207-7303. The Embassy web site is
http://panama.usembassy.gov/ and e-mails should be addressed to
Panama-ACS@state.gov. After hours and emergency phone number: 207-7000
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