The U.S. Embassy in Libreville has learned that a political rally is scheduled to take place on August 25 at Jean Ping’s Headquarters. There are increased police checkpoints throughout the city, including one going northbound at Lycee d’Etat that is pulling over many motorists. This may result in blocked roads and transportation disruptions.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
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