Embassy warns US citizens to be careful in Guyana
– in view of ongoing protests
The US Embassy in Guyana is warning US citizens to be careful in public owing to the “violent protests in Linden and ongoing protests in Georgetown in response to a rise in electricity rates.”
An “emergency message” posted on US Embassy Guyana Public Affairs Facebook page today, warns US citizens in Guyana “to limit your movement in and around Georgetown and Linden and to avoid unnecessary travel throughout the country. Because of the continuing possibility of violence, the Embassy has prohibited US government employees from official and non-official travel to Linden and on the Linden highway.”
The message noted that the protests in Linden have resulted in property damage and loss of life. It warned, “Protests in Georgetown and Linden are ongoing and may spread to other locations.”
US citizens are also advised to avoid large public gatherings; be aware of traffic delays and increased pedestrian presence in the potential problem areas.
The message also noted that the list of problem areas listed 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.”
US citizens are advised to stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy website and the US Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where there are current worldwide cautions, travel warnings, travel alerts, and country specific information. The message also listed a call centre for updates: 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the US and Canada, or outside the US and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.