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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bamako (Mali), Ongoing Demonstrations in Bamako on December 5

Africa > Mali > Bamako

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a violent demonstration is currently taking place today, Tuesday, December 5, in the area of the National Park and Modibo Keita Stadium, and that Malian security forces have responded to the scene.  We recommend that you avoid the area. 

The U.S. Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

The Department of State advises against all travel to Mali in its Travel Warning for Mali.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • Please review the Travel Warning for Mali issued on December 23, 2016.  Also check the U.S. Embassy Bamako website and the Mali Country Specific Information
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mali on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297, at +223 20 70 23 00 at 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday – Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +223 66 75 95 79 or +223 66 75 28 60.
  • General information may be found on the State Department’s travel website, including the Worldwide Caution of March 6th, 2017.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).