Demonstration Alert U.S.-Embassy Conakry; November 9, 2018

In the past several days two youth protestors and one police officer have been killed in Conakry.

Increased police and gendarme presence in key areas throughout Conakry should be anticipated for the next several days.

Small groups of protestors are blocking traffic and causing disturbances at the Bambeto traffic circle and in the Koloma neighborhood along Rue le Prince, just to the East of Bambeto traffic circle.

On Friday, 11/09/2018, an opposition women’s group plans on conducting a rally at the cemetery in the vicinity of the Bambeto traffic circle to pay their respects to those killed during the recent protests.  This rally will be conducted following afternoon prayers.  We expect congested or blocked traffic in and around Bambeto traffic circle this afternoon.

On Monday, 11/12/2018, the teacher’s union has declared sit-in protests at all schools throughout Guinea.

On Tuesday, 11/13/2018, an opposition women’s group has declared a march and rally to begin at Bambeto traffic circle, moving along Rue le Prince to the 28th of September Stadium in Dixinn, where the rally will be conducted.

On Wednesday, 11/14/2018, the opposition has called for a Ville Morte or “Dead City.”

And on Thursday, 11/15/2018, the opposition has declared a march and rally to begin at the Cosa intersection, then moving along Rue le Prince through Bambeto traffic circle and Hamdallaye traffic circle to the 28th of September Stadium in Dixinn, where the rally will be conducted.

As always, there is the possibility that sporadic pop up protest activity may occur in Conakry at any given time. Typical locations for protest activity often include, but are not limited to, Rue le Prince from the Cosa intersection, to the Bambeto traffic circle, to the Hamdallaye traffic circle.  When violence occurs during these protests, it often take the form of blocked traffic, burned tires in the streets, and rocks and debris thrown at passing vehicles.

The State Department’s most recent travel advisory for Guinea is found here.  The advisory lists Guinea as a Level 2 country, where travelers should exercise increased caution.  Please plan your travel accordingly, and exercise the appropriate precautions

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor the local media for updates;
  • Avoid the area of protests or increased activity, particularly those listed above;
  • Avoid crowds;
  • Avoid demonstrations;
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Conakry, Guinea

Phone number: +224-65-10-40-00

Email address: ConConakry@state.gov

https://gn.usembassy.gov/

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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