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Demonstration Alert: Lilongwe (Malawi), Protest Vigils, Embassy Travel Restrictions Through July 12

Demonstration Alert: Lilongwe (Malawi), Protest Vigils, Embassy Travel Restrictions Through July 12

Location:  Nationwide 

Event: The U.S. Embassy Lilongwe has received reports of potential vigils in vicinity of Area 3 Police Station and Maula Prison in Area 6.  U.S. Embassy personnel are being advised to avoid these areas.  Embassy travel outside of Lilongwe is permitted with security office approval through Friday, July 12.

Past protests have been predominantly peaceful, opportunistic actors have used the demonstrations as cover to engage in acts of vandalism and looting.

Peace Corps Volunteers have been temporarily relocated within Malawi out of an abundance of caution.

Please see the Alert from July 9, 2019 for additional information regarding travel restrictions for U.S. Embassy personnel in Malawi.

Actions to take:

-Ensure you have a fully charged radio and cell phone.

-Regularly check your phone and email for updates regarding the security environment.

-Exercise caution when moving around all areas of Malawi.

-If you see a barrier or individuals blocking your path, turn around and find an alternate route.

-If you are unable to depart, keep your windows up and your doors locked, seek shelter if needed.

-Avoid large crowds and always leave yourself room to maneuver.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi
U.S. citizens with emergencies:  +265-1-773-166 Ext. 3421
Outside of office hours:  +265-999-960-178
E-mail:  LilongweConsular@state.gov
Website: https://mw.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

        State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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