Demonstration Alert for Bamako, Mali Planned March on Saturday, February 29, 2020

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following places in Bamako, Mali:

  • Bourse du Travail
  • Monument d’Independence


Various Dogon associations are planning a peaceful march at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 29 in support of Dogon communities.  They plan to march from the Bourse du Travail to the Monument d’Independence.  This event is authorized by the government.

While this meeting is expected to be peaceful, other gatherings of large groups in Bamako have caused traffic disruptions and resulted in burning of tires and the deployment of tear gas.

U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid the march area on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

American citizens are advised to:

  • Avoid the area of the march
  • Continue to exercise vigilance while in Mali
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly 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 on the march


  • 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
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  • 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.