Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rabat (Morocco), Protest May 16

The U.S. Embassy in Rabat and the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca have been made aware of a protest or sit-in scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th at 10:00am outside of the Parliament Building in Rabat. This event pertains to the 14th anniversary of the May 16, 2003 terrorist attacks in Casablanca. Family members of those arrested in connection to the attacks and local Salafists organizations are expected to be in attendance.

These protests are not directed at the U.S. government nor individual U.S. citizens. However, the U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens avoid these areas during the times of scheduled protests; it is prudent anywhere to avoid large crowds and gatherings of a political nature. Should you be in the area of a protest, please exercise caution, maintain a low profile, and remain aware of your surroundings as even peaceful protests or demonstrations can be unpredictable and become violent. Should you be traveling the vicinity in your vehicle and happen upon a traffic jam, be aware that it could be related to a demonstration and try to turn around or take another route before becoming ensnarled in heavy traffic.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council