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Peru Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

May 18, 2001

Peru plans to hold a runoff presidential election, most likely June 3, 2001, and the new president is scheduled to be inaugurated July 28, 2001. Political rallies and demonstrations in Lima and other major cities will be common in the days leading up to the runoff election, as well as near inauguration day. Although political rallies and marches have been largely peaceful during the election campaign, demonstrations have the potential to turn violent. Protesters occasionally block inter-city highways for long periods of time. A small bomb exploded near the National Electoral Board in downtown Lima on May 16, injuring several people.

American citizens in Peru should avoid demonstrations and crowds, and should plan in-country travel in accordance with U.S. Embassy travel restrictions contained in the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Peru. American citizen visitors and residents are encouraged to monitor local newscasts in Peru to keep informed about upcoming political rallies, which are usually well publicized. News and information about current events is also available on U.S. Embassy Lima's website at http://usembassy.state.gov/peru.

This Public Aannouncement supersedes the Public Announcement dated March 22, 2001. It expires on July 31, 2001.

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