Peaceful marches are being planned for this Saturday, March 17, in Bujumbura and most communes throughout Burundi. Most events will be held in the morning hours and are anticipated to be finished by early afternoon; however, there may be several separate but related events taking place all day. These events may cause traffic congestion and temporary road closures in many cities throughout Burundi.
While these gatherings are expected to be peaceful, even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where the gatherings are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
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