Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Against U.N. Commission of Inquiry

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura has received information that a potentially large protest tomorrow, 26 November, against the United Nations Commission of Inquiry announced this past Wednesday is expected in both Bujumbura and throughout Burundi. In Bujumbura, marches are tentatively scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m. at Place de l’Indépendence, and proceed to various locations around the city. Roads may be blocked for the duration of the protest, which is expected to be over by 3:00 p.m. These protests are not expected to be violent, but will disrupt traffic and cause congestion. Avoid the city center area of Bujumbura tomorrow during the time of the marches.

Even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, or avoid such areas altogether.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review the Burundi Travel Warning. 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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