Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations across Kerala, January 3, 2019

United States Consulate General Chennai, India
Demonstration Alert for U.S. Citizens:
Demonstrations across Kerala
January 3, 2019

  Kerala, India

Event:  Protests and demonstrations concerning the Sabarimala Temple

Media report widespread protests and a call for a general strike throughout the state of Kerala related to the opening of Sabarimala Temple to women of childbearing age.  Despite an Indian Supreme Court decision allowing entry, the entry of two women into the temple on January 2 has led to violent protests throughout Kerala, including in Palakkad, Kasargode, and Kollam.  The protests have, so far, led to the death of one person and caused substantial property damage, including the destruction of 45 public buses.  A general strike could cause work stoppages, shop closures, and transportation delays.

It is recommended for everyone to take reasonable precautions regarding personal security and avoid any large crowds.

Actions to Take

  • Avoid areas with demonstrations and civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself.
  • Review your personal security plans.


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