Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Peaceful Demonstrations Throughout Burundi

United States Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

May 12, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that peaceful demonstrations are being planned throughout Burundi tomorrow, Saturday, May 13, to commemorate the second anniversary of the failed coup d’etat in May of 2015.

In Bujumbura, the events may cause intermittent traffic disruption and/or road closures during the morning hours. Demonstrators will likely assemble in or move towards Centre-Ville, possibly pausing at multiple locations. Traffic patterns may be affected, but are expected to return to normal by early afternoon.

Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy is advising citizens to avoid areas where the 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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