Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nationwide Sit-In on August 25 (August 24, 2017)

U.S. Embassy Lomé, Togo
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Nationwide Sit-In on August 25
August 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has learned that several Togolese opposition political parties have called for a nationwide “sit-in” on August 25 from 06:00 to 12:00.  Leaders of the CAP2015, Groupe des 6, and PNP parties have called for Togolese citizens to stay at home and then attend Christian church services at 12:30 and Muslim Friday prayers at 13:00. No other events have been scheduled.

The nationwide sit-in may affect public transit and private taxi services, private businesses, and government offices.  The U.S. Embassy will observe normal working hours on August 25.

Although demonstrations are not expected on August 25, we wish to remind U.S. citizens that nationwide protests in the cities of Lomé, Anié, Sokodé, Bafilo, and Kara on August 19 were dispersed by Togolese paramilitary police.  In the northern city of Sokodé, Togo’s second largest city, protests turned violent and resulted in two fatalities and several injuries among civilian and government personnel.

We recommend:

  • Exercising caution and being aware of your surroundings;
  • Monitoring media and local news;
  • Being flexible with your travel plans;
  • Reporting specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities;
  • Enrolling in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP).

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Togo.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Togo located on Boulevard Eyadema in Lomé, at (228) 2261-5470,  Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (228) 2261-5470.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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