Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Celebration/March (September 17, 2016)

September 17, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a crowd is gathering this morning at Gare du Nord to celebrate the anniversary of the elections. From there the crowd may march to the Place de l’Independance. This is anticipated to be a peaceful event that should be over by mid- to late-afternoon.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy is advising citizens to avoid areas where gatherings are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

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