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Demonstration Alert: Bujumbura (Burundi), Holiday March on August 17

Demonstration Alert: Bujumbura (Burundi), Holiday March on August 17



Bujumbura, from the CNDD-FDD headquarters to Place de l’Independence



A planned march will be held in downtown Bujumbura on Saturday, August 17 in celebration of Imbonerakure Day. The march is expected to start around 9:00 a.m. at the CNDD-FDD headquarters off of Route-1 and end at Place de l’Indépendance at approximately noon.  The size of the march is unknown, but similar events in the past have been over 1,000 people.


Actions to Take: 


  • An event like this can be expected to cause traffic congestion and temporary road closures, so be prepared to take alternate routes or avoid the area completely.   
  • While the gathering is expected to be peaceful, even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where the march is taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 
  • Take this opportunity to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, and monitor local news stations for updates.  It is better to always be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. 




U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi

During business hours: +257 22 20 7000

After hours: +257 22 20 7318 or +257 79 93 8841

Email address: bujumburac@state.gov

Embassy website


State Department - Consular Affairs

+1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

 Burundi Country Information 

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