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Algeria: Tizi Ouzou city: Plan journeys avoiding sit-in, rally by trade unions on 25 February
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:21:35 EST
Members in Tizi Ouzou (Tizi Ouzou province) on 25 February should avoid a sit-in protest and subsequent march by 17 independent trade unions as a routine precaution. The sit-in will be held at 09.00 (local time) in front of the Old Town hall. Participants will later march to the wilaya (provincial) headquarters, via Boulevard Houari Boumediene. The gatherings have been organised against a controversial pension reform; previous related protests were well attended.
Americas: Major urban centres: Anticipate disruption, observe precautions during Carnival period
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:16:01 EST
Members should expect travel disruption and a possible spike in crime rates during ongoing Carnival celebrations in major urban centres in Bolivia, Brazil and Haiti. The main celebrations are taking place until28 February in Bolivia, Brazil andHaiti.
Argentina: Avoid protests during nationwide strike by teachers on 6-7 March
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:38:03 EST
Members in the country on 6-7 March should avoid all protests associated with a planned nationwide strike by teachers to demand higher wages. Although no specific timings or locations have been announced for related rallies on 6 March, protests are possible in provincial capitals and other urban centres on the day. On 7 March, organisers will participate in a previously planned demonstration led by the CGT trade union in the capital Buenos Aires.
Bahrain: Northern governorate: Explosion in Shakhura highlights potential for militant violence, need to exercise vigilance
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:32:25 EST
According to the interior ministry, an explosion at around 22.45 (local time) on 24 February occurred in Shakhura village (Northern governorate), seven miles (12km) east of the capital Manama, causing damage to a police vehicle and two other cars belonging to civilians. There were reportedly no injuries and no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident highlights the potential for militant violence in Bahrain and the need to avoid potential targets for militancy attacks.
Belarus: Regional cities: Avoid planned anti-tax protests on 26 February; further action expected in Minsk
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:13:41 EST
Members in the capital Minsk and other urban centres should avoid all demonstrations against a controversial 2015 tax law, as a basic precaution. The US embassy has warned that protests over the issue are due to take place from 12.00 (local time) on 26 February in Brest, Baranavichi (both Brest region), Vitebsk (Vitebsk region) and Babruisk (Mogilev region). Around 1,000 people attended a peaceful related protest on 17 February in Minsk, followed by rallies in other cities two days later. With further rallies expected into March, members should monitor local media and liaise with local contacts for details of specific protest locations.
Brazil: Major urban centres: Anticipate disruption, observe precautions during Carnival period until 28 February
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:36:20 EST
Members should anticipate travel disruption and increased crime rates during ongoing Carnival festivities until 28 February in major urban centres. Parades and street parties, attracting millions of spectators, take place across the country annually, with the largest celebrations occurring in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro state), Salvador (Bahia state), Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo state), Recife and Olinda (both Pernambuco state). Heightened security measures, including checkpoints on major routes, should be expected in major urban centres. Many major routes will be closed to traffic, including in central business districts, as will the majority of businesses and government offices.
Brazil: Yellow fever outbreak
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:20:48 EST
Cases of yellow fever continue to be reported. Initially affecting Minas Gerais State, cases have now been confirmed in the states of Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo. Suspected cases are also under investigation in the states of Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte and Tocantins. In addition, other areas of Brazil are considered at risk for yellow fever. Travellers visiting any area at risk of yellow fever should be vaccinated at least ten days prior to arrival. In addition, some travellers to and from Brazil are required to show proof of vaccination to gain entry.
Burundi: Anticipate, avoid rallies across country on 25 February as precaution
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:14:16 EST
Members in Burundi on 25 February should anticipate and avoid rallies scheduled to take place across the country from 08.00 (local time). The demonstrators are protesting against calls for immunity for members of the opposition. According to reports, temporary road closures should be expected in the city centre area of the capital Bujumbura until 12.00.
Chad: Hepatitis E outbreak in Salamat
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:46:49 EST
An outbreak of hepatitis E continues in the Salamat Region, and is likely to persist for some time due to limited sanitation and access to safe water. There have been almost a thousand suspected cases, with several fatalities. Hepatitis E is spread by contaminated food and water. Symptoms include yellow discolouration of the skin (jaundice), loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fever. Hepatitis E is usually a mild disease but complicated cases can be fatal. Prevention is through hygiene, sanitation, and safe food and water.
Chile: Santiago: Avoid vicinity of rally at Plaza Baquedano by football fans on 1 March as precaution
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:51:30 EST
Members in the capital Santiago on1 Marchshould avoid the vicinity of a rally at the Plaza Baquedano by fans of the famous Chilean football player Alexis Sanchez. The gathering, which is expected to begin at 10.00 (local time) and conclude at 23.00, is being held in protest at a perceived lack of support that Sanchez has received from the football club he currently plays for. While details about the level of attendance are unclear, reports indicate that thousands of people are expected to gather for the event.
Colombia: Bogota: Expect, avoid rallies linked to planned strike by teachers on 28 February as precaution
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:17:32 EST
Members in the capital Bogota on 28 February should anticipate and avoid demonstrations linked to a 24-hour strike by the FECODE teachers' union to protest against current policies of the city's mayor. Teachers plan to gather at 09.00 (local time) at the District Administrative Center and subsequently march to the Ministry of Education building and the District Secretary of Education office. The union is demanding a wage increase and health services benefits for teachers.
Comoros: Moroni: Exercise caution, avoid all gatherings associated with indefinite student strike due to credible risk of unrest
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:15:14 EST
Members in or travelling to the capital Moroni in the coming days should exercise caution following clashes that broke out between student demonstrators and the gendarmerie forces on 20 February. The incident took place outside the Said Mohamed Cheikh public high school; the security forces reportedly used rubber bullets and other tough crowd-control measures to disperse protesters and maintain order. At least eight demonstrators were injured. The students have been participating in an indefinite strike since 23 February to denounce the actions of the security forces. Travellers should avoid all further possible gatherings over the issue as a precaution, due to the credible risk of unrest.
Congo (DRC): Kinshasa, urban centres: Avoid vicinity of sit-in protests on 27 February; 3-5 March
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:20:15 EST
Members in urban centres should avoid the offices of the Commission Electorale Nationale Independante (CENI)and government buildings in the coming days during planned sit-ins. Several people were arrested during a 22 February protest by the Lucha (Fight for Change) group in the capital Kinshasa over the delays to naming a new date for presidential elections. Further demonstrations are planned at the following locations: 27 February (times unknown): Kinshasa (Kinshasa province) at the CENI office. Goma (North Kivu province) at the CENI office. 3-5 March: Lubumbashi (Haut-Katanga province) at the City Hall from 12.30 to 14.00 (local time)
Costa Rica: San Jose: Leave extra time for travel on 27 February due to planned protest by truck drivers
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:25:42 EST
Members travelling in or to the capital San Jose on 27 February should leave extra time for journeys due to expected traffic disruption resulting from a protest by truck drivers. Truckers from across the country will drive into the city, converging on the presidential residence in the Zapote district between 09.00 and 10.00 (local time). Trucks are expected to utilise key highways, including routes 1, 27, and 32, as well as the Circunvalacion (Route 39), causing potential travel delays. A large group of trucks is also expected to drive to Zapote from San Jose's La Uruca district.
Cuba: Sancti Spiritus: Train collision underscores unsuitability of rail travel
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:15:15 EST
At least six people were killed and 50 others injured when two trains collided on the afternoon of 24 February between Sancti Spiritus and the nearby village of Tuinucu (both Sancti Spiritus province). The authorities are investigating the cause of the crash; however, the incident underscores the safety issues associated with train travel in the country, and its unsuitability as a form of transportation for business travellers.
Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo: Avoid 28 February demonstration by motorcycle taxi drivers
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:56:32 EST
Members in the capital Santo Domingo on 28 February should anticipate disruption due to a planned protest by motorcycle taxi drivers outside the headquarters of app-based ride-sharing service Uber. Although the demonstration is expected to pass off peacefully, it should be avoided as a basic precaution and to minimise inconvenience.
France: Urban centres: Avoid protests on 26 February, 2 March over police conduct due to risk of unrest
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:52:11 EST
Members in France on26 February and 2 Marchshould avoid protests called by high school students over alleged police brutality, due to a credible risk of unrest. Clashes in recent days have broken out in the capital Paris, Montpellier (Occitanie region), Nantes (Pays de la Loire region) and Rouen (Haute-Normandie region). In Nantes, protesting students on 26 February threw fireworks and other projectiles at the police, prompting the latter to use tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd. Earlier, similar clashes on 23 February occurred in the vicinity ofPlace de la NationandAvenue de la Republique in Paris.
Germany: Arrest of terror suspect underlines latent threat from Islamist militancy, capacity of security forces to disrupt plots
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:05:51 EST
A 26-year-old German national was arrested in Northeim (Lower Saxony state) on 23 February on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack against police officers or military personnel in Germany. Chemicals used to make explosive devices and electronic components required for remote ignition were found in the suspect's apartment. The incident serves as a reminder of the latent threat posed by Islamist militancy in Germany and across Western Europe.
Germany: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Heidelberg: Normal travel around Bismarckplatz can continue following car ramming; exercise vigilance (Revision)
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:02:30 EST
Normal travel can resume around Bismarckplatzin Heidelberg (Baden-Wurttemberg state), though some disruption to public transport services departing from the square should be expected after a German national drove a vehicle into pedestrians at approximately 16.00 (local time) on 25 February, killing one. The suspect, armed with a knife, was shot by police and has been taken to hospital. At this stage, they believe he acted alone and there is no evidence of a terrorist connection. Members should nonetheless remain vigilant of their surroundings at all times.
Ghana: Brong-Ahafo, Northern regions: Plan alternative routes during Buipe Bridge closures until 8 March
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:53:21 EST
Members travelling in the neighbouring Brong-Ahafo and Northern regions should plan alternative routes during the partial temporary closure for maintenance of the Buipe Bridge. The bridge, which sits on the N10 highway linking Techiman (Brong-Ahafo region) and Tamale (Northern region), will be closed to vehicular traffic from 14.00 to 06.00 (local time) daily until 8 March. Officials have advised motorists to use the N12 road via Sawla (Northern region) instead until repair works are completed.
Greece: Thessaloniki: Avoid planned protest on 25 February as precaution
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:01:38 EST
Members in or travelling to Thessaloniki (Central Macedonia region) on 25 February should avoid a planned protest by the Hellenic Communist Party (KKE) as a precaution. Participants will gather at 12.00 (local time) at the Aristotelous and Tsimiski intersection.
Haiti: Major urban centres: Avoid annual Carnival festivities until 28 February due to risks from crime
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:23:01 EST
Members in urban centres should avoid annual Carnival festivities, with main events expected to take place on 26-28 February, due to the increased risk of petty and violent crime. Well-attended parades, street parties and celebrations will be held in the capital Port-au-Prince, with smaller events also taking place in Cap-Haitien (Nord department), Cayes (Sud department) and Jacmel (Sud-Est department). In Port-au-Prince, gatherings will take place on Saint-Honore Street and at Champ de Mars.
India: Delhi, Haryana: Avoid protest by ethnic-Jat group on 2 March, monitor ongoing sit-in campaign
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:59:43 EST
Members in the capital Delhi on 2 March should avoid a planned protest by the ethnic-Jat Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) group; the event will now be held at Jantar Mantar, rather than outside the parliament building as initially planned. Any members planning travel through Haryana state should also continue to monitor a related campaign of ongoing sit-in protests. ABJASS, which has been campaigning for quotas for Jats in state government jobs and educational institutions, has threatened to intensify its in activities if its demands are not met.
India: Manipur: Anticipate heightened security, travel disruption during prime minister's visit, statewide shutdown strike
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:01:45 EST
Members in or travelling to Manipur on 25 February should anticipate travel disruption during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to the state capital Imphal to address an election campaign rally. Heightened security, including deployment of additional security force personnel, will be in place during his arrival at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (IMF, Imphal), along his access route to the city and at the campaign rally venue. In a related development, the Coordination Committee (CorCom) – an umbrella group of six proscribed militant organisations – has called for a statewide shutdown strike and ‘public curfew' to denounce Modi's visit.
Indonesia: Jakarta: Monitor developments, avoid protests on 28 February associated with trial of city governor
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:07:23 EST
Members in the capital Jakarta on28 Februaryshould monitor developments and avoid rallieslinked to a hearing on that day in the blasphemy trial of the city's governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known locally as Ahok). The court session will take place near theMinistry of Agriculturecomplex in the Ragunan area (South Jakarta); while the timing is unclear, previous such hearings have occurred at 09.00 (local time). Precedents indicate that large crowds of Ahok's supporters and opponents are likely to congregate near the complex. A heightened security presence can be expected on the day, causing traffic congestion in the area (see map).
Kenya: Eldoret: Plan journeys avoiding political rally at 64 Stadium on 25 February
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:02:13 EST
Members in Eldoret (Uasin Gishu county) should avoid a rally on 25 February at the 64 Stadium to minimise travel delays. The newly-formed National Super Alliance opposition coalition has organised the event to kick off its campaign for the August presidential election. The gathering is likely to be well attended and held amid tight security.
Mexico: Increase in nationwide homicide rate in January underscores persistent risk posed by criminality
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:55:25 EST
Statistics recently released by the Mexican government indicate that 1,938 homicides occurred in the month of January 2017. The figure marks around a 34% increase over January 2016 and is the highest number of homicides in any January since 1997. At least 25 of 32 states experienced some sort of increase, though the greatest comparative percentage rises occurred in Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Colima, Durango, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco and Yucatan. The increase in homicides underscores the persistent risks posed by violent crime in Mexico and the need for travellers to exercise precautions at all times.
Mozambique: Gaza province: Expect further travel disruption following heavy rainfall, flooding near Limpopo river
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:12:58 EST
Memberstravelling in areas near the Limpopo river in Gaza province should plan journeys accounting for travel disruption due to heavy rainfall and resultant flooding over the past few days. Local reports on 24 February indicated that the authorities had issued an alert due to the flooding, after the Limpopo river burst its banks, disrupting road traffic in several areas. Further rainfall is forecast in the coming days. Travellers should anticipate intermittent travel disruption caused by heavy rain and flooding until the conclusion of the rainy season in April.
Niger: Tillaberi region: Fatal militant attack highlights need to avoid travel to HIGH risk Malian border areas
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:02:45 EST
At least 15 security force personnel were killed on 22 February and 19 others injured in an attack targeting a military post in the In-Tirzawan area near Tilwa (Tillaberi region), 12 miles (20km) from the Malian border. Reports indicated that several dozens of unidentified gunmen were involved in the attack, during which they also stole seven military vehicles and set fire to four others. The incident emphasises the need to avoid all travel to the HIGH risk rated areas within 100 miles (160km) of the border with Mali.
Nigeria: Abuja, other cities: Student threat against South African interests raises risk of further unrest; continue to exercise caution
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:21:40 EST
Members travelling in or to Nigeria should exercise caution in the coming days following a threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) against South African interests. The group on 23 February gave South African nationals and companies 48 hours to relocate, and said it would vandalise South African interests, including telephone masts, if this ultimatum was not met. The demand comes after recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, and follows the looting of a South African telecommunications company office on 23 February in the capital Abuja.
Pakistan: Recent attacks underline credible risk of terrorism; expect heightened security around potential targets (Revised)
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:13:01 EST
Members in Pakistan should expect increased security measures in the capital Islamabad and other major cities including Rawalpindi, Lahore (both Punjab province), Karachi (Sindh province) and Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province), following several high-profile terrorist attacks in recent days. A government order to increase security around key installations has also been implemented. The developments underline the credible risk of terrorist attacks in the country. Members should comply with all security force directives, take stringent precautions and avoid crowded areas, such as open air-markets and public transport hubs.
Philippines: Metro Manila: Anniversary of People Power Revolution on 25 February; anticipate disruption
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:09:55 EST
Members in Metro Manila on 25 February should anticipate disruption during commemorations of the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution (EDSA Revolution), a series of protests that culminated in the downfall of former president Ferdinand Marcos. The day has been declared a public holiday by the government and large crowds and associated traffic restrictions will result in significant congestion in the vicinity of such events. White Plains Avenue and the north-bound lane of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) from Ortigas Avenue to Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue are likely to be closed on the day.
Romania: Measles outbreak
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:41:22 EST
An outbreak of measles is underway and cases continue to be reported. Several fatalities have occurred. Most people with the disease had not been vaccinated and authorities have ramped up vaccination campaigns to prevent further spread of the disease. At least 36 counties have recorded cases, while Arad, Caras Severin, Timis and Mures region are the worst affected. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infectious droplets. Prevention is through vaccination.
Russia: Moscow: Plan routes bypassing memorial event on 26 February
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:30:44 EST
Members in the capital Moscow on 26 February should plan routes avoid a memorial march to minimise delays and as a routine precaution. Participants will march at 13.00 (local time) fromSlavyanskaya Square toBolshoy Moskvoretsky bridge (see map below), where flowers will be laid to commemorate the February 2015 assassination of politician Boris Nemtsov. The organisers expect around 30,000 people to attend the event.
Spain: Avoid vicinity of pro-refugee rallies on 26 February in 25 cities
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:17:25 EST
Members in Spain on 26 February should avoid the vicinity of pro-refugee rallies planned in at least 25 cities; some 160,000 people attended a march over the same issue in Barcelona (Catalonia autonomous region) on 18 February. While the upcoming gatherings are likely to be peaceful, localised scuffles between activists and police are possible. Planned rallies include one in the capital Madrid at 17.30 (all times local) at Plaza de la Provincia and in: Barcelona (Catalonia): Placa de Sant Miquel at 12.00. Seville (Andalucia autonomous region): Puerta de Jerez at 12.00. Valencia (Valencia province): Placa Sant Augustin at 12.00.
Taiwan: Taipei, other urban centres: Expect localised travel disruption during commemorative events on 28 February
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:47:27 EST
Members should anticipate localised travel disruption on 28 February as rallies and gatherings have been organised in the capital Taipei and other urban centres to commemorate the 228 Peace Memorial Day. The day marks a violent crackdown against an anti-government uprising that occurred in 1947.
Togo: Lome: Avoid 25 February protest march over closure of media outlets
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:03:50 EST
Members in the capital Lome on25 Februaryshould avoid a planned march to denounce the closure of an independent TV channel and radio station. Civil society organisations are set to gather at09.00(local time) outside the Future Channel television station, which along with City FM radio was recently shut by regulators. The march will then proceed to the regulatory body, the High Authority for Audiovisual and Communications (HAAC). Activists accuse the government of stifling the free press, while the HAAC has cited licensing issues. During gatherings on 14-16 February, the security forces blocked protesters' access to the HAAC.
Turkey: Urban centres: Expect disruption, plan routes bypassing pro-government rallies from 25 February
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:08:17 EST
Members in Turkey should expect associated disruption during, and plan routes bypassing, pro-government rallies from 25 February, which marks the start of the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) campaign period for the 16 April constitutional referendum. Prime Minister Binali Yildrim on 25 February will announce details of the campaign at the capital's Ankara Sports Arena, with 40,000 people expected to participate. On the same day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend a rally at Station Square in Aydin (Aydin province) from 12.00 (local time), and on 25-26 February will participate in related events in Manisa and Mugla provinces.
United States: Hantavirus outbreak linked to rat breeding facilities
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:23:20 EST
Human cases of hantavirus, linked to rat breeding facilities, have been identified in several states. The outbreak is caused by the Seoul virus, a type of hantavirus. The viruses are carried by infected rodents and are excreted in their saliva, urine and faeces. Humans become infected through inhaling the virus, which is present in rodent excretions, when bitten, or when contaminated particles touch broken skin or enters through the eyes, nose and mouth. Rare cases of the disease, can lead to serious kidney disease. The disease is not generally passed from person to person. Prevention is by avoiding contact with rodents and their environments, and maintaining strict hygiene. The risk to business travellers is low.
Zimbabwe: Matabeleland South province: Anticipate localised disruption, potential unrest due to president's birthday celebrations on 25 February
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:07:20 EST
President Robert Mugabe turned 93 on 21 February, and a subsequent celebration will be held on 25 February at the Rhodes Estate Preparatory School near Matopos National Park (Matabeleland South province), about 19 miles (30km) south of Bulawayo (Bulawayo province). This year's event will be held amid a severe economic downturn, which has prompted a number of civil society and opposition groups to protest what they have deemed an unnecessary and irresponsible expense. The Tajamuka civil society group has called for mass demonstrations on 25 February, though no specific plans have been announced.
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