Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Burial March and General Strike Planned for September 27 and 28 in Conakry

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that a burial procession for two individuals killed in events surrounding last week’s demonstration is expected to occur in Conakry on Wednesday, September 27.  The demonstration is currently expected to start near Donka hospital, pass Stade 28 Septembre and proceed along Route le Prince, through the Bambeto traffic circle, and on to Cimetiere de Bambeto.  However, the route may change at any time.

Additionally, a “ville morte,” or general strike, has been declared for Thursday September 28.  Businesses and services may be reduced or closed.  While the strike is intended to be peaceful, individuals who continue to conduct business and move about the city may be perceived as not honoring the strike and possibly targeted for retaliation.

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.  Vehicles attempting to pass through areas where protests occur are frequently targeted by people throwing rocks.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for Guinea.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the S. Embassy in Conakry, located at Transversale No. 2, Centre Administratif de Koloma, opposite the RTG building in Ratoma, Conakry, Guinea at +(224) 655-10-4000, Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(224) 657-10-4311.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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