Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Downtown Lome October 18, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has learned that protestors are currently gathering in the downtown area near Dekon/Boulevard Circulaire and throwing rocks at passing vehicles. Please avoid the downtown area as the situation may escalate and become violent.

Police 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 18 and 19;
  • Having flexible travel plans and rescheduling travel along National Route 1 to or through Sokodé 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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