Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nouakchott (Mauritania), Protests Planned in Nouakchott

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that political opposition parties are planning several protests throughout Nouakchott, and possibly other areas, leading up to and during the August 5 constitutional referendum. The government of Mauritania has denied authorization for some of these planned protests, but demonstrations may still occur.

On July 26, violent confrontations occurred between marching protestors and police in Nouakchott, resulting in injuries. On August 1, protesters set fire to a pro-government campaign tent in the vicinity of Carrefour Madrid in Nouakchott.

On August 5, polling stations will be open from 7:00 a.m. � 7:00 p.m.

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, including polling stations, protests, or demonstrations.

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