Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Student Demonstrations near Koulouba and Zone du Bois

Embassy Ouagadougou wishes to inform U.S. citizens of reports of student demonstrations near the University in the area between the Koulouba and Zone du Bois neighborhoods of Ouagadougou. Police have closed Boulevard Charles de Gaulle to traffic.

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.

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.