Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration – Election Security Reminder

United States Embassy Dakar, Senegal

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration – Election Security Reminder

July 25, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that a political party has announced a protest march on July 25 at 1400 from the Place de L’Independence to the Ministry of Interior.  This march is associated with upcoming legislative elections scheduled to take place on July 30.  Additional protests may occur before and during election day.  Traffic delays should also be expected in the coming week as supporters of various candidates campaign throughout the city in vehicles (covered in speakers) and on foot.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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:

  • See the State Department’s website, for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Senegal.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. embassy in Senegal, located on Route des Almadies, at +221 33-879-4000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +221 33-879-4444.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays)
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