Protests to denounce stringent US measures against Venezuela are expected to begin on Saturday, August 10. The call to action was issued by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who has been speaking out strongly against US President Trump's decision to impose a blockade on the country. While no precise details have emerged regarding times and locations, disruptive protests should be expected across Caracas and other urban centers in Venezuela.
Associated transportation and business disruptions, as well as a heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of all protests.
President Trump imposed a freeze on all assets belonging to the Venezuelan government on August 5, and banned US companies from doing business with and in Venezuela.
Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state.
Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, and anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence.
The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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