The U.S. embassy is aware of calls for a “silent march” today, February 13, at 15h00 starting at Rond-Point Jet d’Eau and going to Ecole Normale Superieure in Dakar. The march has not been authorized by the city, but new organizers are still planning to have it. There is a possibility that protests could also arise elsewhere, in Dakar and throughout Senegal.
Previous protests have led to road blockages and dangerous points along the route from many Dakar neighborhoods to Dakar’s International Airport (DSS). As a precautionary measure, the embassy advises U.S. citizens in Senegal to avoid travel to the extent possible during the hours of 13h00 to 03h00, as this timeframe has seen more protest activity during periods of political tension in recent years.
Demonstrations in any location or hour can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence, so U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant.
If the Embassy receives more specific information regarding dates and times of demonstrations, marches, or gatherings, we will send updated alerts. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid any areas where such events are ongoing.
Actions to take:
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444