Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protests on October 21

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that several Togolese opposition political parties have called for protests on Saturday, October 21.

To date, authorities have approved one demonstration to take place in the town of Tsévié, 35 km north of Lomé.  Marches in Lomé historically take place in central, northern, and northeastern sections of the city before finishing along the waterfront.  However, plans for additional protests remain fluid.  Traffic disruptions in Lomé may occur, and public bus and private taxi services may also be impacted.

Although the U.S. Embassy is not presently aware of specific plans for protests in the rest of the country, demonstrations in other cities, notably in Sokodé, frequently accompany calls for protests in Lomé.

Protest-related violence has resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries since August 19, 2017.  Police regularly disperse unauthorized demonstrations that interfere with road traffic – particularly on National Route 1 – using nonlethal measures such as tear gas and by arresting some participants.  Authorities have occasionally interrupted internet and cellular data services, making communications difficult and unpredictable.

We recommend:

  • Minimizing travel throughout the country on October 21;
  • Having flexible travel plans and rescheduling 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;
  • Monitoring media and local news;
  • Reporting specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities;
  • Enrolling in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP).

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