Security Message for U.S. Citizens Possible Demonstrations in Banjul

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar has received reports that protesters have called for demonstrations on Monday, April 18 in Banjul, The Gambia.

The Embassy advises that you avoid demonstrations, large crowds, and areas where demonstrations are likely to occur (including West Field, Kairaba Ave, and Serekunda in Banjul). Exercise caution when moving around the city, be aware of your surroundings, and listen to local media reports for the latest information.
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