Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Nationwide Protests on November 29 and 30 and December 2

U.S. Embassy Lomé, Togo
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Nationwide Protests on November 29 and 30 and December 2
November 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has learned that several Togolese opposition political parties have called for protests on November 29 and 30 and December 2.

Three simultaneous protest routes are expected to affect areas of central, northern, and northeastern Lomé.  Marches are expected to begin sometime in the morning.  All three routes will converge later in the day at the Sancta Maria Hotel, at the eastern edge of Boulevard 13 Janvier (Boulevard Circulaire).

Major traffic disruptions are likely in Lomé, and public bus and private taxi services may be interrupted.  The U.S. Embassy will observe normal working hours on November 29 and 30.

Although the Embassy is not presently aware of specific plans for protests in the rest of the country, the opposition has also called for demonstrations in other cities.

Security forces have used excessive force to disperse crowds during previous demonstrations and often use tear gas to break up demonstrations that cause traffic disruptions in city centers and along National Route 1 and arrest demonstrators.  Authorities have in the past interrupted internet and cellular data services, making communications difficult and less predictable.

We recommend:

  • Deferring discretionary‎ travel in affected areas of the country on November 29 and 30 and December 2;
  • Having flexible travel plans and rescheduling long- distance travel along National Route 1 until a later date if possible;
  • Having alternate communications plans that do not rely solely on cellular telephone and cellular data networks;
  • Exercising caution and being aware of your surroundings;
  • Avoiding areas of protests and large gatherings;
  • Monitoring media and local news;
  • Reporting specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities;
  • Enrolling in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP).

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.

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