Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Residents in Bogota, Colombia, are likely to hold protests through at least April 24 due to the COVID-19 quarantine measures in place.

This alert affects Bogota

This alert began 21 Apr 2020 12:50 GMT and is scheduled to expire 24 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Likely protests
  • Location(s): Bogota (map)
  • Date: Through at least April 24
  • Impact: Roadblocks, business disruptions, heightened security; possible clashes

Summary
Residents in southern and eastern Bogota are likely to hold protests through at least April 24. Activists are demanding assistance from local and national authorities during the mandatory quarantine that is in place due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Residents are likely to build roadblocks along major roads, including Avenida Boyaca and Avenida El Dorado, in the localities of Ciudad Bolivar, Usme, and Santa Fe.

The protests are likely to cause transport and business disruptions in the surrounding areas and may lead to clashes between protesters and police. Protests are more likely to occur at night or early morning. Protesters may vandalize public buses and use them to block the roads. Protests may continue and grow in the coming weeks as the quarantine measures are extended.

Background and Analysis
Residents in southern and eastern Bogota have held protests in recent days, while a mandatory quarantine is ongoing in the country to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Most of the protesters are workers who depend on daily sales for their livelihood and have said that the quarantine has left them with no income. Local and national authorities have put in place plans to support low-income residents, but the demonstrators have said the assistance has not arrived or has been insufficient for their families.

Advice
Avoid all protests. Allow additional time to reach your destination if operating in Bogota in late April. If violence breaks out, leave the area immediately. Strictly heed the recommendations of authorities. Confirm private transportation.