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07-20-2012

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens - Demonstrations in Linden, Guyana

This message advises U.S. citizens in Suriname to exercise caution when traveling to Guyana, due to peaceful protests that turned violent in Linden, Guyana, and ongoing protests in Georgetown in response to a rise in electricity rates. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Guyana to limit movement in and around Georgetown and Linden and to avoid unnecessary travel throughout the country.

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid large public gatherings in Guyana. Be aware of traffic delays and increased pedestrian presence in the potential problem areas listed above. Note that this list of problem areas is not comprehensive and you should exercise caution throughout Guyana.

Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.  You should avoid them if at all possible.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what the local news media has to say. 

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy/Consulate/Mission website. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you do not have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo is located at 129 Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat, Paramaribo, Suriname.  During regular business hours you may call (597) 472-900.  For after-hours emergencies involving American citizens, you may call the duty phone:  (597) 710-1112.

American Citizen Services Unit

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Republic of Suriname

Phone: (597)-472900

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