Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Rio de Janeiro on September 26-27, 2015

Social media and news reports are tracking gatherings that could lead to conflicts in the Southern Zone ( Zona Sul) of Rio de Janeiro involving local criminal elements today, Saturday the 26th of September, and tomorrow, Sunday the 27th of September. According to media reports, law enforcement are preparing for a rally in Ipanema at 10am of local residents demonstrating against criminals who commit crimes in the neighborhood around Arpoador Beach.  There also are reports of a rally in Ipanema on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. around the Praça General Osório (General Osorio Square).  Criminals, including members of local gangs, allegedly have threatened reprisals against participants during these rallies.

It is highly encouraged that all American citizens avoid these areas during times when a demonstration has been scheduled. The Consulate reminds U.S. citizens to reflect and focus on their own personal security.  Be vigilant while traveling on the roads, especially at night. Recently, there have been shootings, assaults and carjackings on the Linha Vermelha that links the airport to the Southern Zone of the city.  In Rio de Janeiro, motorists should be especially cautious at stoplights and when stuck in traffic.  Carjackings and holdups often occur at intersections, especially at night. Incidents of crime on public transportation are frequent, and at times have involved violent crimes.  When traveling by yellow taxi, we recommend the use of taxis openly displaying company information and phone numbers as well as red license plates.

If you require assistance, please contact the Consulate using the contact information below:

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Phone: (21) 3823-2000
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029