Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou (May 5, 2023)

Location: Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Fada N’Gourma

Event: Call for Demonstrations on May 6, 2023

Calls for demonstrations have been reported for Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Place de la Nation and surrounding areas in downtown Ouagadougou.  Similar calls to demonstrate have been reported for Bobo-Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, and Fada N’Gourma.  The demonstrations are scheduled to start at 8:00 AM.  No scheduled end time has been announced.

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 taking photographs or videos of demonstrations as this may attract attention and antagonize the crowd.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the demonstration area.
  • Avoid all crowds and gatherings.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile. 
  • Travel in groups if possible.


  • U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

     (226) 25 49 53 00

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

       888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444