Planned Demonstration in Bamako on December 13, 2017

U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
Planned Demonstration in Bamako on December 13, 2017

December 12, 2017

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Bamako reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.

U.S. Embassy Bamako is aware of a planned march to protest the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. The march is currently scheduled to take place in Bamako on Wednesday, December 13, at 16:00, although this time could change. The planned route is from the downtown area near the Bourse du Travail (Mali Union HQ) to the Monument de l’Independence. The U.S. Embassy expects that Malian security forces will be present. The U.S. Embassy has instructed U.S. mission personnel to avoid the area of the planned protest.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news and social media for updates. Maintain a high-level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

The U.S. Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
The Department of State advises against all travel to Mali in its Travel Warning for Mali. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
For further information:
• Please review the Travel Warning for Mali issued on June 29, 2017. Also check the U.S. Embassy Bamako website and the Mali Country Specific Information.

• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
• Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mali on Twitter and Facebook.
• Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297, at +223 20 70 23 00 at 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday – Thursday; 7:30
a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +223 66 75 95 79 or +223 66 75 28 60.
• General information may be found on the State Department’s travel website, including the Worldwide Caution of December 6, 2017.
• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).