Bourse du Travail to Monument de l’Indépendance
The Collective for the Defense of the Republic (CDR) is calling for a march on Friday, January 8, at 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the march is to demand the release of activist Mohamed Youssouf Bathily, also known as Ras Bath. The march is expected to start at the Bourse du Travail and end at the Monument de l’Indépendance. This march has not been approved by the host government.
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.
American citizens are advised to:
- Avoid the area of the demonstration
- Do not attempt to drive through protests or roadblocks
- 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 charged and 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
+1 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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