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Alert: December 20 Demonstrations
December 18, 2023

Alert: December 20 Demonstrations

Wednesday December 20, 2023, marks the 34th anniversary of Operation Just Cause.  Historically on this date, demonstrations and protests have occurred at various points throughout Panama City and at the U.S. Embassy in Clayton.  Several groups announced that they will protest at the U.S. Embassy on December 20.  Because December 20 is a local holiday, the Embassy will be closed to the public, with access on and off the Embassy compound restricted.

Actions to Consider Should Protest Occur: 

  • Avoid Demetrio B. Lakas Ave. in Clayton in front of the U.S. Embassy on December 20.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution when traveling.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Contact local authorities (dial 911) for any immediate health or safety concerns.
  • Register for STEP (link below) and refer to our website for the latest alerts and messages for U.S. citizens.


For assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
+507 317-5000
State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888)407-4747 or +1 (202)501-4444
Panama Country Information
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