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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (December 2, 2023)
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December 1, 2023

Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Event:  Demonstrations expected in Ouagadougou on Saturday December 2, 2023.

There is a rally planned for Saturday afternoon December 2, 2023, beginning at 1500 hours in Ouagadougou at the Palais du Sport in the Ouaga 2000 neighborhood.  The rally is in support of the Transitional Government Authority.  This rally may negatively impact the ability to move freely within the area.  It is unknown at this time how large or small the rally will be.

There is a second rally planned on the same day, December 2, at 0900 hours at the Place de La Nation in Ouagadougou.  This rally is also in support of the Transitional Government Authority.  This rally may negatively impact the ability to move freely within the downtown area.  It is unknown at this time how large or small the rally will be.

The U.S. Embassy recommends avoiding both areas on December 2, as well as monitoring local media reports.

American citizens should avoid large gatherings of people that may appear elsewhere and immediately depart the area if a large crowd is encountered. If unable to depart the area immediately. 

Actions to Take:  

  • Maintain a low profile as much as possible.
  • Avoid actions that attract attention.
  • Look for a safe area to hide.
  • Be on the lookout for ways to escape and take the opportunity if it appears to be a safe course of action.
  • Be prepared – Ensure you have a supply of food, water, and first aid items at your home to last three days in case a situation arises requiring you to shelter-in-place. If you have a vehicle, ensure it is always at least half full of fuel.
  • Know your surroundings – Be aware of what is happening around you and have a plan to get to a safe area.

Attempts to take video or photographs of demonstrations may attract attention and antagonize the crowd.  Avoid risking your safety to take photographs or video.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

(226) 25 49 53 00  OuagaACS@state.gov

https://bf.usembassy.gov/

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Burkina Faso Country Information 

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