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Ecuador Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 25, 2005

This Public Announcement is to alert Americans that the security situation in Quito remains unsettled following the April 20 removal of Ecuador's president. There have been no reports of disruptions in the rest of the country, and both the U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil remain open. This Public Announcement expires on May 31, 2005.

After a week of increasingly confrontational protests and demonstrations, the President of Ecuador was removed from office, and the Vice-President took the oath of office on April 20, 2005. The protests, centered in Quito, may abate, but the possibility exists that they may continue. American citizens should avoid large crowds and demonstrations and minimize travel in the city.

Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution in the vicinity of any demonstrations. Seek reliable sources of information for news of demonstrations, protests and other activities that may impact your safety and security.

For updated information on the protests in Quito, please call the Embassy at 011-593-2-256-2890 X4510 during working hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) For emergency services after hours, please call 011-593-2-223-4126 or 256-1749.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Cautions, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., 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 Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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