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2010 Public Announcements

Planned Taxi Strike and Teacher Demonstrations in Tegucigalpa

July 27, 2010

To: All American Citizens
From: American Citizen Services Unit, Consular Section

The U.S. Embassy in Honduras informs American citizens residing in or visiting Honduras to use caution while traveling to and within Tegucigalpa on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 due to a planned taxi strike and teacher demonstrations.

The teacher demonstrations are expected to affect areas near the National Congress (located in Barrio La Merced in the downtown area) and Presidential Palace (located in Colonia Tepeyac near the Marriott Hotel). Demonstrations to date have been generally non-violent, but there have been reports of injuries during previous demonstrations and American citizens are reminded that even peaceful demonstrations can quickly turn violent. American citizens are advised to use caution, avoid large gatherings and to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings when traveling in these areas.

The U.S. Embassy distributes its warden messages via email, and posts them on its website. Messages received via SMS to cell phones are not U.S. Embassy messages and do not reflect U.S. government travel advice.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Embassy's website and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the currentWorldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Americans living or traveling in Honduras are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Honduras. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenida La Paz in Tegucigalpa; telephone (504) 238 5114, after hours telephone (504) 236 8497; Consular Section fax (504) 238-4357; E-mail: usahonduras@state.gov; Webpage: http://honduras.usembassy.gov