Multiple locations in Bamako
The Embassy has received reports of multiple gatherings in Bamako to celebrate Malian Independence Day on September 22, 2022. These gatherings are expected to cause substantial traffic disruptions and road closures in the afternoon. Travel on all bridges is expected to be disrupted.
Specific reports include:
· Military celebrations at Malian bases throughout Bamako
· Potential demonstrations and/or parades along Avenue de la Nation/RN5
· Potential Transition Government of Mali motorcades along Avenue de la Liberté.
· The group Yerewolo Standing on the Ramparts planned demonstration against MINUSMA will take place at La Place de l’Indépendance at 1400.
· Following the demonstration, Malian artists and civil associations will host a concert in support of peace and stability at La Place de l’Indépendance at 1600.
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 areas of demonstrations
· Avoid driving in Bamako after 1300 to avoid being caught in locked traffic and/or demonstrations
· 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 with you
· Monitor local media for updates
· +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
· 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.