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Burma Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. State Department

Sep 26, 2007

This Public Announcement is to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Burma of the large demonstrations in Rangoon, Mandalay, and other cities.  U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to Burma at this time.  American citizens resident in Burma should avoid all demonstrations and processions as they could turn violent with little or no warning.  This Public Announcement expires October 26, 2007.

The scale of demonstrations by monks and Burmese citizen supporters in Rangoon, Mandalay, and other cities has grown and become more overtly political.  Authorities have used gunfire and tear gas against demonstrators, have begun to restrict their movements, and have imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.  The government has banned gatherings of more than five people.  The situation remains fluid and an even harsher military reaction could occur at any time, particularly if the protests continue. 

We wish to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to Burma at this time.  Given the fluidity of the current situation, the Department of State advises all U.S. citizens in Burma to monitor events closely, to exercise discretion when moving about, and to avoid any large public gatherings, any visible military presence, and any area cordoned off by security forces.

The Department of State and the Embassy in Rangoon are continuing to follow developments closely.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the State Departments Bureau of Consular Affairs website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current worldwide caution, public announcements, and travel warnings can be found.  Security information can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, 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 Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

 U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Burma are encouraged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. Registration can be done on-line through the State Departments travel registration website https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs, or via the Embassys website http://burma.usembassy.gov.  If registering in person, the Embassy is located at 110 University Ave, Kamayut Township, Rangoon.  The Embassy's phone numbers are (95-1) 536-509, 535-756, and 538-037.  The consular sections extension is 4240, and email address is consularrangoo@state.gov.  The Embassys after-hours emergency numbers are (95-1) 536-509, 535-756, and 538-037, all followed by extension 4014, and the after-hours mobile phone number is 09-512-4330.  The Embassy has experienced telephone connection problems since its recent move to a new location.  Pending resolution of these problems, callers may need to try all of the numbers above to find one that will connect.

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