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American Embassy Warning-Protests in Guatemala PDF Print

Palacio Nacional in Guatemala City

August 28, 2017
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

The American Embassy has issued a security message for Guatemala, which is posted below. Due to recent events, there is a likelihood of protests and many traffic delays. Anyone planning a trip to Guatemala City this week may want to postpone travel plans until more information is available.

Briefly, the reason for the probability of protests is because, over the weekend, President Jimmy Morales declared the lead investigator of the United Nations anti-corruption panel (CICIG) persona non grata (no longer permitted in the country). The president is being investigated on corruption charges, and this was done to expel the head of the investigation. The Guatemala Constitutional Court blocked the order, however, and the government is described as being in a state of chaos.

Many people are calling on the president to resign, as happened two years ago with the former president and vice-president, who were both imprisoned (and remain so) shortly after their resignation. At the time, thousands of protestors gathered in the square in front of the Palacio Nacional every weekend, for several months.

If interested, here are links to two articles, in English: New York Times  and The Guardian

United States Embassy Guatemala, Guatemala City
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 
Protests within Guatemala
August 27, 2017

The following message provides information for U.S. Citizens regarding protests in Guatemala. Please share the following information with any other U.S. citizens you know, as soon as possible.  We hope to have this message disseminated as widely as possible within the U.S. citizen community.  Please contact the American Citizen Services Unit via e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ), fax (2331-3804), or telephone (2326-4000) if you have any questions. 

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala is monitoring press reports on current and planned protests within Guatemala.  Protests may cause significant traffic issues.  The U.S. Embassy will be open for business on Monday, August 28, 2017, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when necessary.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, located at Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala, at +502-2326-4000, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +502-2331-2354.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).




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