The Malian Transport Union has called for a countrywide strike on Wednesday, February 17. Unionized transporters (taxis, trucks, Sotrama taxi-vans, motorcycle taxis) will stop working and shopkeepers will be expected to support the strike by closing their businesses. The strike is expected to affect services in Bamako.
Tensions may occur between transporters on strike and others refusing to stop working, which may result in violence. Additionally, traffic may be disrupted throughout Bamako.
American citizens are advised to:
· Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
· Do not attempt to drive through protests or roadblocks
· Continue to exercise vigilance while in Mali
· 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
· 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.