The U.S. embassy is aware of calls for protests planned for today, February 9, at 15h00 at Place de la Nation in Dakar. In addition, there are calls for protests tomorrow, February 10, at 15h00 on the VDN near Rond Point Saint Lazare. There is a possibility that protests could 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