Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Hartal on Monday, April 25

The Progressive Students' Alliance and Anti-Imperialist Students' Union have called for a nationwide half-day Hartal on Monday, April 25 to protest the failure of the government to make an arrest in the Tonu murder case. "Half-day" hartals almost always begin at 6:00 a.m. on the day they are called and generally end at 12:00 p.m. on the same day. However, hartal organizers and supporters will often begin their protests the night before a hartal is scheduled to commence.

A hartal is a mass protest and recognized political method for articulating a political demand. As always, you should remain vigilant, avoid crowds and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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.

For further information:

- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.

- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of State.