THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.
The Embassy advises all Americans to avoid travel and outdoor activity on Friday, December 10 during the nationwide “Silent Strike.” While the Embassy is not aware of any specific, credible threats, out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy encourages all Americans to remain home during this period given possible retaliatory action and security force response to any demonstrations.
The Embassy advises all Americans that recent developments could result in heightened tensions in Yangon and outlying areas. Recent explosions and attacks in Yangon present a serious threat to American citizens and may increase in frequency and intensity. In addition, a military response of unknown proportions may result. Roadblocks and military operations have become more prevalent. The Embassy advises Americans to avoid public gatherings and limit their outside activities. Review your personal security plans and keep a low profile. Always keep some form of communication with you and monitor local events. Maintain an adequate stock of food and water should you need to shelter in place.
Please have a plan in the event telecommunications become limited or unavailable. Advise family and associates of this possibility in advance. Updates from the Embassy may not be readily accessible due to an outage during a crisis.
The current Level 4 Travel Advisory is the highest level issued by the Department of State and advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Burma or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so due to the greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. As a result of these conditions, if you experience an emergency, the U.S. Embassy has a very limited ability to provide assistance.