Event: The group Mouvement du 5 Juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques has called for continued demonstrations and civil disobedience. Spontaneous demonstrations throughout Bamako are possible on July 13.
These demonstrations sometimes turn violent resulting in the burning of tires, clashes with the police, blockage on the roads and bridges, the deployment of tear gas, and small arms fire. The U.S. Embassy has received reports of protests and small arms fire in the Badalabougou neighborhood of Bamako.
The U.S. Embassy has advised employees to telework on Monday, July 13. Employees were also told to avoid any unnecessary travel and not to cross the bridges until further notice. U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid unnecessary travel on July 13.
American citizens are advised to:
- Avoid unnecessary travel and stay home if possible
- 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
- U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali
- +223 20 70 23 00
- +223 66 75 28 60 (after-hours emergencies)
- State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs – 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information for Mali.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.