Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rabat (Morocco), Demonstrations in Rabat

The U.S. Embassy in Rabat and the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca have been made aware of two potential demonstrations that will take place in Rabat on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in Bab Al Had Square (the main entrance to the Medina) before heading to the Parliament building. There are two groups meeting at the time and location mentioned above. One group is disputing the results of 150 teacher trainees who reportedly failed their final exams. The second group is protesting the alleged waste and embezzlement of public funds.

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.

These protests are not directed at the U.S. government nor individual U.S. citizens. As with all large public gatherings or street demonstrations, the U.S. Mission urges U.S. citizens to be aware of your surroundings, exercise caution, and to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Moroccan police.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council