Multiple locations in Bamako
The group Yerewolo Standing on the Ramparts called for a mass demonstration starting at the Monument de l’Indépendance on Saturday, January 22, at 2:00 PM.
The protest is now expected to become mobile. The planned itinerary is Place de l’Indépendance, Route de Koulikoro, Third Bridge, Tour d’Afrique, King Fahd Bridge, and ending at the Monument de l’Indépendance sometime around 6:00 PM.
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 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 a means of communication (cell phone, etc.) with you at all times
- 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
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