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Peru Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 19, 2002

This Public Announcement is being issued to supplement the Public Announcement of April 19, and it reflects the Government of Peru's imposition of a State of Emergency in Arequipa, Peru's second-largest city. This Public Announcement expires on July 17, 2002.

On June 13, demonstrations broke out in Arequipa in protest of the planned privatization of two state-owned electric utilities. These demonstrations became violent on June 15. There have been many injured, and at least one death. In response, the Government of Peru announced a State of Emergency in Arequipa on June 16, sending in military units to restore order. Under the State of Emergency, the authorities have expanded powers to act to restore order, including suspension of some constitutional rights.

American citizens traveling to or residing in Peru may wish to defer plans to travel to Arequipa for the time being. While there are no reports of U.S. citizens being targets of the disturbances, a number of Americans were stranded at the Arequipa airport, and had to be airlifted out by Peruvian military forces. Commercial air service has been disrupted since June 16, but it is expected to resume within a day or two. Americans in Arequipa should stay close to home or their hotels, avoid crowds, and monitor the news closely.

For further information concerning travel to Peru, travelers should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Peru at http://travel.state.gov/peru.html.

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