Possible Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal

Location: Potential areas of protest include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Dakar, Senegal:

  • The VDN
  • Constitutional Council HQ (near the Philip Morris building)
  • The Supreme Court on the Corniche
  • Grand Yoff
  • Medina
  • Place de l’Obelisque
  • The Palais de Justice of Dakar (the regional Court of Dakar, near the Japanese embassy)
  • Area surrounding UCAD
  • Place de l’Independence

Event:  On Sunday, January 20th, the Constitutional Council will publish the final list of candidates for the upcoming presidential election.  The disqualification of Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade in the council’s preliminary ruling led to a large demonstration on the VDN on January 15th, and more demonstrations (some possibly violent) are likely in the coming days and especially after the final ruling.  Political protests are likely to continue throughout the entire electoral campaign (February 3rd through February 23rd) and possibly on Election Day itself (February 24th).

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations are occurring or large crowds gathering.
  • Ensure your cell phone is charged and keep it with you at all times.
  • When travelling by car, keep doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.