Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Expected January 20, 2017

January 19, 2017

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Expected January 20, 2017

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES.  PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THANK YOU.

  • The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in front of the U.S. Embassy tomorrow, Friday January 20, 2017. The start time is uncertain, but anticipated to begin sometime between the hours of 1000 and 1300.  The demonstration is being organized by the leftist group Bagong Alyangsan Makabayan (BAYAN) with other leftists groups possibly participating. The Philippine National Police (PNP) is estimating a possible 1,000 demonstrators to attend.
  • 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.

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