The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Protests took place in Valparaiso, Chile on May 21st 2015 while President Michelle Bachelet addressed the country from the National Congress building located in the city center. May 21st is a national holiday commemorating a battle that took place during the War of the Pacific and every year the president travels from Santiago to Valparaiso to give a speech regarding the current state of the nation. This day often sparks marches and protests against the Chilean government with large numbers of people gathering in the streets of Valparaíso. Given today?s current political climate, the protests also focused on the lack of education reform and two local students who were killed last week. Although initially peaceful, violence broke out and police used tear gas and water cannons to stop protesters from breaking the barrier between the crowd and the congress building. All ISA students are accounted for and safe, and classes were not affected by the protests since yesterday was a holiday. Students have been reminded that participation in any protests are against the ISA Code of Conduct. The ISA Chile resident staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students as necessary.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
On Saturday, March 7th, two men were detained after a brief shootout with security forces following a grenade attack on a Bangkok military court, which caused minor damage to the parking lot but no injuries. After a preliminary investigation, Thai police believe that the men who carried out the attack are from the same network as those who detonated two small bombs outside of a luxury shopping mall on February 1st. As a result of the attack, there is an increase in security near government offices and tourist locations. Classes have not been affected, and the ISA resident staff will continue to make recommendations to students as necessary.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
On February 1st, shortly after 8 p.m., two small bombs were detonated in Bangkok on a walkway connecting an overhead train with Siam Paragon, a luxury shopping mall. Police are still investigating, and no groups have claimed responsibility for the improvised explosives. Early reports suggest that the explosives were not designed to be deadly. While no fatalities have been reported, at least one person was injured by the blasts. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered heightened security in public areas in the capital. All ISA students are accounted for and safe. ISA resident staff will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.
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