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Brazil Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

May 18, 2001

On May 15, the majority of the public bus systems in Brasilia and the surrounding Federal District of Brazil went on strike. Strike participants have burned and stoned buses as well as set up roadblocks. Several privately owned vehicles have been damaged by rock throwing demonstrators and vandals. Sporadic demonstrations related to the strike could take place on Brasilia's central esplanada (plaza) and in the surrounding area. In addition, a homemade bomb was detonated on the upper level of Brasilia's central bus station on May 15. No injuries were reported, but two vehicles were damaged by the blast.

Americans are advised to be aware of the possibility of random violence and take common sense precautions when driving in and around Brasilia. If possible, persons should vary their routes to avoid the area around Brasilia's central bus station. Caution should also be exercised in the vicinity of all bus stations in Brasilia and the Federal District of Brazil for the duration of the strike. As usual, Americans should avoid any large gatherings or other events where crowds have congregated to demonstrate or protest.

For further information about travel in Brazil, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://www.travel.state.gov. The U.S. Embassy is located in Brasilia at Avenida das Nacoes, Lote 3; telephone (011-55-61) 321-7272; website.

This Announcement expires August 20, 2001.

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