Security Message for U.S. Citizens: April 25th Demonstration in Support of the Transitional Government

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration will take place in Ouagadougou on April 25, 2015, in support of the transitional government and the revision of the electoral code.  Several political parties and civil society organizations have joined the call for a demonstration.  A similar demonstration is expected to take place in Bobo-Dioulasso.

The demonstration in Ouagadougou is expected to take place at the Place de la Nation, also known as the Place de la Revolution, on Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 am and is scheduled to end by 12:00 pm.  The demonstration in Bobo-Dioulasso is expected to take place at Place Tiefo Amoro at the same time as in Ouagadougou.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Please remember, 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.  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.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling or residing abroad enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Monitor the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution on State Department’s website.  Read the Country Specific Information for Burkina Faso.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist.”

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou is located in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembene Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is (+226) 25-49-53-00.  Dial “1,” and ask to be connected to the duty officer.