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
For further information concerning travel to Peru, travelers should consult
the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Peru at