Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protest/March (April 29, 2016)

April 29, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information of a protest/march planned for this afternoon, commemorating the 44th anniversary of the 1972 genocide. The event will begin at 15:00 at la Place des Martyrs de la Democratie au Burundi, which is located in Centreville. At 15:30, a march will begin at this location and move toward la Paroisse Saint Michel, which is located near Boulevard de l’Uprona.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations 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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