Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Anniversary of Operation Just Cause Demonstrations

Following is the latest ACS Message

U.S. Embassy in Panama

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

December 19, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Panama informs U.S. citizens that it has received a report of planned demonstrations on December 20, 2016 in Panama City related to the anniversary of Operation Just Cause.  One demonstration is scheduled to begin at the U.S. Embassy in the morning.  The American Citizen Services, Federal Benefits, and Visa Units will be closed to the public on December 20.  All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.


U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations.  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.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.


For further information about security in Panama:


  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information.



  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at +507-317-5030, 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 +507-317-5000.


  • 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).

8 thoughts on “Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Anniversary of Operation Just Cause Demonstrations

  1. According to Wikipedia the UN estimated 500 deaths whereas Americas Watch found that around 300 civilians died. President Guillermo Endara said that “less than 600 Panamanians” died during the entire invasion. Twenty-three U.S. servicemembers were killed and 325 were wounded.

  2. Don’t ya just love the names the Pentagon comes up for these things? I mean, Operation “Just Cause” could just as easily have been “Just Because.”

    Of how about “Operation Enduring Freedom?” How’s that working out for everyone, anyway?

    Well, with Cheeto Man in charge we’ll have plenty of new conflicts with silly names in the future.

  3. there was a invasion protest. In New York City. The only thing here was a couple of specials on flags and hats. One guy had a 2 for 1 breakfast for anyone that could remember. I know the invasion was important to papa bush. He was scared to death Manuel was going to spill the beans.

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