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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou (August 12, 2022)
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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

Location: Ouagadougou

Event: Demonstrations in Ouagadougou August 12, 2022

Demonstrations are expected in Ouagadougou at the French Embassy on Friday, August 12, from 08:00 to 16:00.  The demonstration is organized by Mouvement M30 Naaba Wobgo and La Coalition des Patriotes Africains du Burkina Faso (COPA-BF).  Burkinabe authorities have not granted a permit for this demonstration.  As a result, the demonstration may relocate to the Conseil Burkinabe des Chargeurs.  Expect roadblocks or large groups of demonstrators in downtown Ouagadougou and surrounding areas.

Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid risking your safety by taking photographs or videos.  Attempts to take videos or photographs of demonstrations may attract attention and antagonize the crowd.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid demonstration areas. 
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. 
  • Monitor local media for updates. 
  • Keep a low profile.