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Demonstration Alert: Bamako (Mali), Demonstrations at Palais de la Culture and Monument de l'Independence

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following places in Bamako, Mali:

  • Monument de l’Independence
  • Palais de la Culture

Events: There will be a meeting organized by Imam Mahmoud Dicko to denounce poor governance in Mali on September 7th at the Palais de la Culture starting at 9:00. In addition, a demonstration organized by the group “Platform Against Corruption” is scheduled to take place at the Monument de l’Independence starting at 14:00 on September 7th. While the demonstrations are intended to be peaceful, recent events have encountered a strong police/security force presence, the use of tear gas, and other riot control measures. 

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the listed locations on September 7th, 2019.


Actions to Take:

·     Avoid the areas of the demonstrations

·     Continue to exercise vigilance while in Mali

·     Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests

·     Review your personal security plans

·     Keep a low profile

·     Be aware of your surroundings

·     Keep some form of communication with you

·     Monitor local media for updates on locations and time of the demonstrations


·     U.S. Embassy Bamako, Mali

·     +223 20 70 23 00

·     +223 66 75 28 60 (after-hours emergencies)

·     State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs - 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·     Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

·     See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information for Mali.

·     Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.  




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