Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Marches in Lomé on September 20-21

The U.S. Embassy has learned that several Togolese political parties have called for marches in Lome and throughout the country on September 20 and 21.

Major traffic disruptions are possible in Lome both days, as the three anticipated routes will affect many areas of the city: (1) Atikoumé Akossombo to Collège Saint-Joseph, (2) Collège Saint-Joseph to Bé Gakpoto, and (3) Agoé Demakpoé to Carrefour BKS – Agoé.  The impacts of possible marches outside of Lome are not known at this time.

The marches will likely affect public bus and private taxi services.  The U.S. Embassy will observe normal working hours on September 20 and 21.

While protests in Togo usually remain nonviolent, some are dispersed by Togolese police and paramilitary police – frequently through the use of tear-gas.  On August 19, 2017, protest-related violence in the northern city of Sokodé, Togo’s second largest city, resulted in two fatalities and several injuries among civilian and government personnel.

We recommend:

  • Avoiding or minimizing travel in downtown Lome on September 20 and 21;
  • 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).

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