Demonstration Alert – Bamako, Mali – August 22, 2020

Location: Bourse du Travail

Event: The U.S. Embassy has heard reports of a violent clash of protesters and counter protesters at the Bourse du Travail (north of the Monument de l’Independance).  Security forces are on the scene and deploying tear gas to disperse both groups.  Spontaneous demonstrations are also possible in other areas of Mali.

These demonstrations sometimes turn violent resulting in the burning of tires, clashes with the police, blockage on the roads and bridges, throwing of rocks at vehicles, the deployment of tear gas, and small arms fire.

The U.S. Embassy has advised staff to avoid the area of the demonstration. The nationwide curfew from 12 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. remains in effect.  The U.S. Embassy has implemented a curfew for Embassy employees from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the Monument de l’Independance and Bourse du Travail
  • Exercise caution if traveling, especially when crossing the bridges
  • Do not attempt to drive through protests or roadblocks
  • Avoid travel late at night
  • Continue to exercise vigilance while in Mali
  • Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
  • Review your personal security plans
  • Keep a low profile
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep some form of communication with you
  • Monitor local media for updates


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+223 66 75 28 60 (after-hours emergencies)

  • State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs

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