American citizens have received their second alert from the US embassy urging precautions in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama.
The U.S. Embassy in Panama City alerts U.S. citizens that large-scale protests in Changuinola, Bocas del Toro Province, continue and have become violent in some instances. According to information we have received, protesters have blocked the roads in and out of Changuinola. At this time commercial flights from the airport in Changuinola have beensuspended. Peace Corps volunteers in the city have been temporarily relocated from the area. U.S. citizens planning to travel to or from the Bocas region are strongly urged to monitor the local media and consider the impact of the current disturbances on the availability of transportation and accommodation.
These protests may last for several days. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow developments via the media as there are currently indications that protests may continue and a general strike may happen. U.S. citizens in Bocas del Toro are urged to exercise heightened security awareness and to avoid the Changuinola area. U.S. citizens already in Changuinola or in any other area where there are demonstrations should exercise extreme caution, keep a low profile, and avoid crowds, public demonstrations and other civil disturbances.