Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Rallies and Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind all U.S. citizens that political rallies or demonstrations may occur throughout Zambia in the lead up to the Zambian general election on August 11, 2016, and in the days immediately following.

U.S. citizens are reminded that any demonstration can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should therefore 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.

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