Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bamako (Mali), Planned Demonstrations on July 25

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is planned to take place in Bamako on Tuesday, July 25, beginning at 11:00 at Bourse du Travail/Carrefour des Jeunes. The demonstration is a response to an attack upon radio announcer Marachel Madou.

The U.S. Embassy also informs U.S. citizens of a heavy security presence in Commune IV, in response to potential unrest during the trial of popular radio announcer, and critic of the Malian Government, Ras Bath.

The U.S. Embassy reminds citizens 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.

The Department of State advises against all travel to Mali in its Travel Warning for Mali. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council