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Warden Messages 2011

Possible Protests 25 March in Bamako-Coura and ACI-2000 Areas of Bamako

24 March 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako is issuing this warden message to inform U.S. citizens that it has received information that a demonstration to oppose international coalition action to impose a no-fly zone in Libya is planned by the Islamic Youth Group on Friday, 25 March 2011 following mid-day prayers (around 1-2 p.m.).

The demonstration is planned to start near the “Independence Monument,” move to the French Embassy, then along l ‘avenue de la Nation, and onward to the U.S. Embassy.

It is unknown at this time if the Malian Government has authorized the demonstration.  Should even an authorized demonstration grow violent, however, the police may move to disperse the protesters.  It is also possible that others in support of the intervention in Libya may counter-demonstrate, which could result in a clash between the opposing groups.

As with any demonstration, peaceful or violent, the Embassy urges citizens to avoid the above area during the scheduled times.  Most demonstrations are generally contained and non-violent but can get out of control very quickly.  If you happen to be in an area in which a demonstration is occurring try to leave the area quickly.  If this is not possible try maintaining a low profile until such time as you are able to get out of the area.

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You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bamako web site (http://mali.usembassy.gov).  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website (http://travel.state.gov) where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_962.html).  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). 

If you are going to live in or travel to Mali, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP - https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ ).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Bamako  (http://mali.usembassy.gov/) is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297.  The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 20 70 25 05, or via email at consularbamako@state.gov.  For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at (+223) 20 70 23 01 or 20 70 23 02. 

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