Hyderabad 'Million March'
Hyderabad | March 09, 2011
The Department of State is warning U.S. citizens to anticipate civil unrest in the city of Hyderabad as supporters of a new Telangana state rally in the city from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.
We recommend U.S. citizens avoid the areas of Tank Bund on the east side of Hussain Sagar (probably centered on Indira Park) where demonstrators are expected to gather during the "Chalo Hyderabad" or "Million March." Demonstrations and potential violence may also occur in the contiguous areas of Osmania University, east of Tank Bund, the Legislative Assembly/ Nizam College area on the south side of Hussain Sagar, and Secunderabad PG College, which is about 2 km northeast of the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad.
U.S. citizens in Hyderabad are advised to avoid Osmania University and Nizam College, which have been targeted by protesters in the past, and to be aware that institutions of higher education and public transportation are a likely focus of political violence. Additionally, areas near the south end of Necklace Road have been affected by unrest, due in part to proximity to the Legislative Assembly and Indira Park, the designated site for many demonstrations.
Past demonstrations have included instances of vandalism, road-blocking, and other disruptions throughout the city. Protesters have previously targeted public transportation. There have been clashes between police and protesters, damage to private property, and a number of injuries associated with the disturbances. The potential exists for disturbances to erupt or spread without prior warning during any time of unrest.
Police have implemented Section 144 prohibitions forbidding public gathering until March 11, and specifically stated that the "Million March" is not permitted. Police have pledged to deal severely with anyone violating the orders. This may result in violence and unrest in the west side of the city, and possibly elsewhere.
U.S. citizens resident or traveling in Andhra Pradesh during this period are reminded to maintain a high level of security awareness at all times and avoid political rallies, demonstrations, and large crowds of any kind. U.S. citizens should monitor the situation via media sources, including TV, radio, and via the internet.
U.S. citizens traveling or residing in India are encouraged to enroll with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. For additional information, please refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad."
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). U.S. citizens are also encouraged to read the Country Specific Information for India.