Protests can be the result of a multitude of issues that arise – from election to student tuition increases to public transportation concerns. Understand that while most of these demonstrations remain peaceful, some result in vandalism, assaults, and even causalities. It is important to avoid areas where protests and demonstrations are taking place for your own personal safety.
- Public protests and demonstrations are common, but they can be very dangerous. Even a peaceful protest or demonstration can become violent without warning. Students should never participate in a public rally, demonstration, or protest. If these events occur during your program, avoid the area.
- Vacate an area immediately at the first sign that demonstrators or security force personnel are beginning to gather. In the event of violence, return to your accommodation or another secure location as soon as it is safe to do so, and stand fast until the situation normalizes.
- Although the police are likely to quickly contain any disturbances caused by demonstrations, those caught in the vicinity may face incidental risks.
- Anticipate localized travel disruption during protests or strikes in major cities. Allow additional time to complete important journeys.
- Do not attempt to cross roadblocks and reconfirm the status of routes prior to setting out.
- Do not watch or take photographs of rallies and demonstrations. Maintain a low profile and quickly but calmly vacate the area at the first sign of a crowd forming.
- It is advised not to express political views on social media.
- Closely monitor any developments by using local sources and International SOS travel security alerts to remain up-to-date on any developments.