Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Lusaka, Zambia (July 16, 2018)

Location: Lusaka, with possible demonstrations countrywide

Event:

Political rallies or demonstrations may occur without significant notice throughout Zambia, particularly in the lead up to the Lusaka mayoral election on July 26, 2018, and in the days immediately following the contest.

Actions to Take:

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Peaceful gatherings may also lead to significant traffic congestion and road closures.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates on political rallies and traffic disruptions.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

Assistance:

Sincerely,

 

American Citizen Services
Consular Section
U.S. Embassy Lusaka
Zambia