Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali (December 8, 2018)

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

  • Place de la Liberté
  • Monument d’Independence
  • Bourse du Travail

Event: At 08:00 on December 8 opposition leaders are planning a peaceful march to denounce the government’s redistricting plan and protest the security situation in Mali.  While the demonstrations are intended to be peaceful, recent protests have encountered a strong police/security force presence, the use of tear gas, and other riot control measures.

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the listed locations on December 8, 2018.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates on locations and time of the demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.


  • 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.