U.S. Embassy in Belize issues security message to US Citizens about planned demonstration today
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016. 7:40 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff:The U.S. Embassy in Belize has issued a security message to U.S. citizens about the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) demonstration that is taking place this morning in Belmopan.
“The U.S. Embassy Belize informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at Independence Hill in Belmopan from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Monday, September 19. The Belize National Teachers’ Union will demonstrate to demand a pay raise and action in areas of national interest,” states the press release on the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) website.
The Embassy asks U.S. Citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
“You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations,” the release adds.
The release ends by saying that “even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence” and U.S. citizens, can contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit in the U.S. Embassy at ACSBelize@state.gov or by calling 501-822-4011 for any emergencies.
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