Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Student Demonstrations in Dili

United States Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste

Demonstrations by student groups took place near the National Parliament and University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) on August 17 and August 21 despite the Government of Timor-Leste denying authorization for the demonstrations. It is likely that there will be continued protest activities in this area. Official U.S. personnel have been instructed to avoid traveling in the area during the demonstrations. U.S. citizens should reconsider travel to this area during protest activity. U.S. citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations or protests, and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little or no warning. Please review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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