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Afghanistan: Kabul: Liaise with security provider on feasibility of movement in coming days following end of National Unity Government’s legal term
Wed, 22 May 2019 04:01:43 EST
Members on essential travel to the capital Kabul in the coming days should liaise with their security provider regarding the feasibility of movement following the end of the National Unity Government’s (NUG) legal term on 22 May. Although the Supreme Court on 21 April ruled that President Ashraf Ghani and his cabinet can stay in office until the tentatively scheduled September elections, many opposition figures and presidential candidates have called for a caretaker government. Some have called on their supporters to block streets and hold protests in order to pressure Ghani to step down; this has prompted heightened security in Kabul.
Armenia: Yerevan: Avoid Freedom Square during planned rally on 23 May
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:00:54 EST
Members in the capital Yerevan should avoid an opposition rally in Freedom Square on the evening of 23 May. The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, also known as Dashnaktsutyun) plans to gather in the square from 19.00 (local time). While most such gatherings are largely peaceful, the potential exists for minor isolated scuffles. Traffic and other disruption is also possible in the vicinity.
Bangladesh: Avoid nationwide protests by farmers on 23 May as a precaution
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:01:26 EST
Members in Bangladesh, including the capital Dhaka, on 23 May should avoid protests by farmers outside deputy commissioners’ offices across the country. The Bangladesh Krishak Samity, an organisation of farmers, has called for a nationwide sit-in to demand changes in the agricultural industry such as a guarantee of fair prices for farmers. A previous well-attended related protest took place outside the National Press Club in Dhaka on 17 May.
Central African Republic: Fatal attacks underscore need to avoid all travel outside Bangui (Revised)
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:43:23 EST
At least 26 people were killed during an attack by the 3R militia on 21 May in Koundjili and Djoumjoum villages (Ouham-Pende prefecture). Separately, overnight on 19-20 May, a dual French-Spanish national was killed in Nola (Sangha-Mbaere prefecture). The motive and perpetrators remain unknown. The incidents underline the need for members to avoid all travel outside the capital Bangui.
Europe & CIS: Urban centres: Plan journeys on 24 May bypassing 'Global Strike for Climate' protests (Revised)
Wed, 22 May 2019 08:37:44 EST
Members in major urban centres across Europe on 24 May should plan journeys bypassing further 'Strike for Climate' demonstrations to minimise inconvenience. Protests are being organised worldwide on the day as part of the movement inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. In the EU, this latest wave of demonstrations comes around European parliamentary elections (23-26 May). A previous 'Global Strike for Climate' on 15 March attracted in excess of 1m participants from more than 100 countries. Marches in capital cities are likely to be well attended, causing disruption.
Georgia: Tbilisi: Plan routes bypassing daily opposition rallies on 27 May-15 June at Freedom Square
Wed, 22 May 2019 06:28:50 EST
Members in the capital Tbilisi on 27 May-15 June should plan routes bypassing daily rallies at Freedom Square from 17.00-19.00 (local time), as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience. The conservative opposition Alliance of Patriots of Georgia (APG) party is calling for a reduction in defence spending, and the reallocation of NATO funds to support local businesses. The party has said that a major demonstration will take place in the square from 16.00 on 15 June, and on every day thereafter, if the government does not address its demands.
Greece: Urban centres: Exercise caution, avoid all protests over convicted killer's campaign for prison leave
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:01:26 EST
Members in the capital Athens, Thessaloniki (Central Macedonia region) and other cities should avoid all protests around a court ruling expected on 23 or 24 May in the case of a hunger-striking prisoner. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to grant temporary parole to a prominent member of the November 17 far-left guerrilla group convicted of 11 murders. Several low-level attacks and protests by supporters have occurred since the start of his campaign for prison leave. Flashpoints for unrest in Athens include the Exarcheia neighbourhood, the Athens Polytechnic and Syntagma Square. In Thessaloniki, caution should be exercised around the Kamara.
Haiti: Gonaives: Avoid vicinity of ongoing protest, roadblocks on National Route 1
Wed, 22 May 2019 11:00:19 EST
Members in or due to travel through Gonaives (Artibonite department) in the coming hours should plan journeys avoiding ongoing protests on National Route 1. Participants have reportedly erected roadblocks, impeding travel on the motorway.
Haiti: Sexual assaults targeting university students underscore need to exercise stringent security measures
Thu, 23 May 2019 01:01:32 EST
Recent incidents of sexual assaults targeting university students in the capital Port-au-Prince underline the need to exercise stringent security measures at all times and in all areas. On 20 May, a student was raped at around 18.00 (local time) in an area around Rue Riviere, near the University of Port-au-Prince. Earlier, on 17 May, another student was sexually assaulted at around 19.30 at Rue Mon Joli near the Quisqueya University. Reports indicate that all these incidents occurred while the students were returning home from their universities.
India: Continue to expect heightened security, avoid gatherings ahead of results of general election on 23 May (Revised)
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:01:04 EST
Members should continue to expect heightened security nationwide around the announcement of general election results on 23 May. There will be a heightened risk of low-level unrest and localised disturbances when the results are announced and in the days immediately following. Clashes between rival political supporters in West Bengal state and a rebel attack against a party candidate ahead of the final phase of voting on 19 May underline the need to avoid election-related gatherings and venues in the coming days.
India: Exercise vigilance, expect increased security following apparent terror threats (Revised)
Thu, 23 May 2019 01:17:34 EST
Members in urban centres should continue to exercise vigilance following apparent terror threats in recent weeks. These have been made by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group and the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant organisation. The authorities warned of a possible attack on military personnel and infrastructure in the Kashmir valley around 23 May. Consequently, security has further been tightened, especially around security installations. The authorities often receive such threats, which usually prove to be false. However, the country's history of militant attacks and the presence of domestic and regional militant groups mean that every threat is taken seriously.
Indonesia: Jakarta: Minimise non-essential movement in central areas until at least 25 May following violent post-election protests
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:01:32 EST
Members in the capital Jakarta should minimise non-essential movement in central areas until at least 25 May, following violent post-election protests. Supporters of the opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on 21-22 May gathered outside the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) buildings. They are protesting against the victory of the incumbent President Joko Widodo in the 17 April general elections. The sit-in protests resulted in violent altercations between protesters and the security forces, resulting in six fatalities. The authorities have issued a nationwide alert, as part of which security will be heightened and roadblocks may be erected.
Indonesia: Urban centres: Continue to avoid protests following release of general elections results
Thu, 23 May 2019 01:43:19 EST
Members in urban centres, particularly provincial capitals, should avoid all gatherings after the General Elections Commission (KPU) on 21 May announced the victory of President Joko Widodo in the 17 April general election. Opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto has rejected the result and said that he would challenge it at the Constitutional Court. Subianto’s supporters have rallied in the capital Jakarta, Medan (North Sumatra province), Surabaya (East Java province), (West Kalimantan province), Mataram (West Nusa Tenggara province) and Makassar (South Sulawesi province) to denounce the election outcome. Further protests are likely until 25 May, especially after Friday prayers. Heightened security, diversions and traffic congestion can be expected around gatherings.
Iraq: Avoid nationwide protests on 24 May; liaise with provider regarding feasibility of movement
Wed, 22 May 2019 23:58:15 EST
Members in Iraq on 24 May should avoid protests called by prominent Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr against Iraq’s involvement in regional conflicts (see related alert on US-Iran tensions). The demonstrations will begin at 21.00 (local time); while no locations have been announced, participants in the capital Baghdad may try to gather in Tahrir Square near the International Zone. Protests are also likely across southern provinces, though Sadr specifically excluded Najaf province in his call. Due to the potential for unrest and travel disruption, members should liaise with their security provider regarding the feasibility of movement during the protests.
Italy: Rome: Avoid far-right rally in San Lorenzo neighbourhood on 25 May
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:19:36 EST
Members in the capital Rome on 25 May should avoid the vicinity of a planned rally by the far-right Forza Nuova party in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood, due to the risk of localised disturbances. The event is being held to commemorate the sexual abuse and murder of a teenage Italian girl by four illegal immigrants in San Lorenzo in October 2018. Counter-demonstrations may also occur in the area on the day.
Kenya: Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa, Tana River counties: Plan journeys accounting for potential disruption due to adverse weather
Thu, 23 May 2019 03:01:56 EST
Members in or travelling to Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu,Mombasa and Tana Rivercounties in the coming days should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption due to adverse weather. The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has forecast heavy rainfall and strong winds in these areas until at least 25 May. Associated floods are possible, particularly in low-lying areas.
Kenya: Lodwar: Anticipate, avoid further protests over alleged assault
Wed, 22 May 2019 05:59:08 EST
Members in or travelling via Lodwar (Turkana county) over the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests linked to the alleged assault of a local worker. Four foreign nationals were arrested in connection with the claimed incident, but were released late on 21 May after the case was dropped. Around 400 workers on 20 May rallied at the Kanam Kemer site, alleging mistreatment by foreign contractors engaged in the construction of the Loichangamtak-Lodwar section of the A1 road. Further demonstrations are likely in the coming days.
Lebanon: Beirut: Avoid further anti-austerity protests at Riad al-Solh as national budget talks continue (Revised)
Thu, 23 May 2019 03:24:34 EST
Members in the capital Beirut should continue to plan routes bypassingRiad al-Solh, as protests continue against proposed austerity measures in the 2019 budget. Clashes erupted between military veterans and the security forces on 20 May; the former had set up tents at the square since 17 May. The final budget session has been postponed to 24 May — parliament intends to cut budgets for all ministries by 20% to help reduce the public deficit. This would necessitate cuts to wages and pensions for public sector employees, and end-of-service benefits for military veterans.
Mali: Sikasso region: Fatal attack near border with Burkina Faso highlights risk of periodic militant incursions
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:40:49 EST
Unidentified gunmen overnight on 19-20 May opened fire on a border post in Koury (Sikasso region), near the border with Burkina Faso. Two gendarmes, a customs officer and four civilians, including two Ghanaians, were killed. A near-simultaneous attack on a border post in Boura (Sikasso) injured one member of the security forces. The development highlights the potential for periodic militant incursions in MEDIUM travel risk areas bordering Burkina Faso. Members in such locations should anticipate heightened security and limit movement to daylight hours.
Mexico: Coahuila state: Fatal clashes in Muzquiz province highlight risks from violent crime, need for precautions
Wed, 22 May 2019 06:08:51 EST
At least eight gunmen and a policeman were killed on 19 May during a shoot-out between the security forces and members of the Northeast cartel near Minas la Florida in Muzquiz province (Coahuila state). The shootout took place during a security operation following a recent increase in violent crime in the area. Several suspects apparently escaped, triggering search operations in the surrounding area, including in Monclova (Coahuila), 62 miles (100km) to the south. The incident highlights the significant risks posed by organised crime in Coahuila.
Mexico: Playa del Carmen: Fatal shooting of tour vendor on Quinta Avenida highlights risk of violent crime
Wed, 22 May 2019 11:09:52 EST
A tour vendor was fatally shot at around 23.00 (local time) on 19 May by an unknown assailant on the popular Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen (Quintana Roo state). The attacker fled the scene and no arrests have been made. A motive for the killing is not yet clear; given the circumstances, the victim may have been extorted by local gangs. The attack highlights the incidental risks posed by violent crime in Mexico’s tourist destinations, including Playa del Carmen.
Netherlands: Eindhoven: Plan routes avoiding far-right demonstration on 26 May due to risk of unrest
Thu, 23 May 2019 02:20:48 EST
Members in Eindhoven (North Brabant province) on 26 May should plan routes avoiding a rally by the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) group. Participants will gather at 19.30 (local time) at the CKE building and proceed to the Al-Fourqaan mosque. A heightened security presence can be expected around the demonstration.
Nicaragua: Minimise movement during 24-hour opposition-led strike on 23 May
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:00:59 EST
Members on essential travel to Nicaragua should minimise movement on 23 May during a 24-hour nationwide strike organised by the opposition Civic Alliance coalition. Participants will demand the regime fulfil an agreement to release all political prisoners.
Nicaragua: Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding
Thu, 23 May 2019 03:02:21 EST
Members in Nicaragua in the coming days should expect disruption due to heavy rain and flooding. The authorities have issued a Yellow Alert (second highest on a three-tier scale) for the departments of Carazo, Chinadega, Leon, Managua (which includes the capital Managua), Masayaand Rivas; a Green Alert (lowest on the three-tier scale) has been issued for central areas of the country. Flooding, landslides and blocked roads are possible in affected areas until at least 26 May. Members should liaise with local contacts and agencies to remain apprised of the most up-to-date information.
Nigeria: Flight operation unaffected during ongoing strike by aviation workers; continue to reconfirm schedules
Wed, 22 May 2019 11:01:29 EST
Flight operation at all major airports in the country remains unaffected during an ongoing indefinite strike by aviation workers that commenced early on 22 May. Aviation staff affiliated to several unions are protesting against the management structure which was recently approved by the federal government. Workers on 22 May rallied outside the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) offices at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS, Lagos state), and blocked the entrances to the NCAA facilities. Members should continue to reconfirm flights prior to setting out, and avoid all strike-related demonstrations as a precaution.
Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby: Continue to monitor developments, avoid all gatherings following withdrawal of no-confidence vote against prime minister
Wed, 22 May 2019 22:53:53 EST
Members in the capital Port Moresby should continue to monitor developments and avoid all gatherings following the opposition’s withdrawal of a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. While no related protests have yet occurred, demonstrations and unrest remain possible. An additional 1,000 security force personnel have been deployed across the city; the authorities have also set up checkpoints on roads leading to the parliament building.
Paraguay: Avoid farmers' demonstrations, roadblocks on 23 May
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:00:57 EST
Members should avoid all protests on 23 May by farmers involved in a dispute with the government, and plan journeys accounting for associated roadblocks. Banana farmers trying to shore up sales of their produce to schools are planning a protest at the capital Asuncion's Abato Market. Roadblocks planned include one at Caacupe (Cordillera department). Farmers are calling on the government to enforce legislation that sets out quotas of bananas to be consumed in school lunches throughout the country. While the organisers are promising the gatherings will be peaceful, all demonstrations should be avoided as a precaution.
Philippines: Continue to monitor developments, avoid all gatherings following release of midterm elections results (Revised)
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:00:53 EST
Members in or travelling to the Philippines in the coming days should monitor developments following the announcements of the midterm elections results and avoid all related gatherings. While the post-poll period was marked with protests and accusations of electoral irregularities, no major protest has been reported following the release of official results on 22 May. Although low, the risk of localised unrest persists, especially on Mindanao island, which the authorities identified as a key hotspot.
Poland: Southern provinces: Expect possible travel disruption in coming days due to heavy rainfall, flooding
Thu, 23 May 2019 03:20:14 EST
Members in southern provinces in the coming days, particularly Silesia and Lesser Poland, should plan for possible travel disruption due to heavy rain and flooding that have affected the region since 21 May. The Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW) has issued a 'level three' warning (highest on a three-tier scale) for areas bordering Slovakia in both provinces. Heavy rain is also forecast in Swietokrzyskie and Podkarpackie provinces.
Russia: Moscow: Plan alternative routes if unauthorised gay pride, LGBT events on 25-27 May proceed
Wed, 22 May 2019 10:48:41 EST
Members in the capital Moscow on 25-27 May should avoid the vicinity of planned gay pride and lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) rights events, should they proceed, due to the potential for unrest. Organisers are hoping to stage a gay pride parade on 25 May and LGBT rallies on 25-27 May. The local authorities have declined to authorise these events. While this decision is likely to be challenged in court, similar appeals in recent years have been rejected and it is unclear whether the events will proceed. Members should liaise with local contacts and monitor our alerts for further details.
Somalia: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mogadishu: Liaise with dedicated security provider on feasibility of movement following lethal car bombing near old parliament building (Revised)
Wed, 22 May 2019 05:31:46 EST
Members in the capital Mogadishu should continue to avoid the vicinity of the old parliament building, near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, following a car-bomb explosion earlier on 22 May. The blast reportedly targeted an intelligence services checkpoint. At least five people, including troops, are confirmed to have been killed, while at least two were injured. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which reflects Mogadishu’s EXTREME travel risk rating and the need to only undertake business-critical journeys there. Essential travel to the capital requires dedicated professional security support.
South Sudan: Continue to avoid gatherings following postponement of formation of unity government; protests likely on 23 May
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:00:39 EST
Members in South Sudan should closely monitor developments and avoid gatherings following a six-month extension of the deadline to form a transitional government. The power-sharing agreement, signed in 2018 by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, stipulated the formation of a transitional government by 12 May. However, efforts to do so have been hampered by an inability to agree on conditions for a unified army and reports of ceasefire violations. Opposition groups have called for protests over social media on 23 May amid heightened security. Members should liaise closely with their security support and local contacts to determine the feasibility of movement in the coming days.
Sri Lanka: Government extends state of emergency until 22 June; continue to follow all official directives
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:01:29 EST
President Maithripala Sirisena has extended the ongoing state of emergency by another 30 days. The measure, which was imposed on 22 April in the wake of the Easter bombings, will continue across the country until 22 June. The emergency provisions allow the local authorities to enforce curfews and grant the army more powers to act against suspected militants. The state of emergency and accompanying enhanced security measures has not significantly affected travel. Nonetheless, members should continue to follow all official directives, exercise heightened vigilance and stringent precautions, as the extremely tight security in place cannot entirely eliminate the risk of further terrorist attacks.
Sudan: Continue to avoid all protests as political negotiations remain stalled (Revised)
Wed, 22 May 2019 19:09:48 EST
Members in the coming days and weeks should continue to avoid all protests amid stalled negotiations between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) coalition. Talks between the two sides resumed on 19 May following a 72-hour suspension. The FCF and the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) have called for a general strike across all sectors, receiving widespread public support. There remains potential for violence after the security forces on 13 and 15 May opened fire on a long-running sit-in protest outside themilitary headquartersin the capital Khartoum.
United Kingdom: Allow extra time for airport formalities at London Luton during security staff strike from 23 May to 3 June
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:01:20 EST
Members due to travel via the capital's London Luton Airport (LTN) between 23 May and 3 June should anticipate minor disruption during a strike by security staff over working hours. Among those observing the industrial action will be personnel responsible for baggage checks and searches. This is the latest in a series of walkouts over the issue, with previous action well observed. Nonetheless, the airport says it has contingency plans for the upcoming action and the knock-on effect on passengers should be limited.
United Kingdom: Scotland: Reconfirm flights in Highlands and Islands during air traffic control strike on 23 May
Wed, 22 May 2019 21:01:25 EST
Air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) are due to stage a 24-hour walkout over pay on 23 May. Dundee (DND), Inverness (INV), Kirkwall (KOI), Stornoway (SYY), Sumburgh (LSI) and Benbecula (BEB) airports will close to air traffic from 00.01 to 23.59 on the day. However, HIAL has said that arrangements are in place to keep Wick John O'Groats Airport (WIC) and several other of its airports open. Members should reconfirm the status of their flights and make alternative travel arrangements where necessary.
United States: Jefferson City: Damage reported following passage of tornado; avoid affected areas, follow official directives
Thu, 23 May 2019 02:06:44 EST
Members in Jefferson City (Missouri state) should follow all official directives and avoid areas affected by the passage of a tornado. According to the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (MSEMA), the tornado, which struck at around 23.45 (local time) on 22 May, caused significant damage, particularly along Ellis Boulevard near Highway 54. Damage to property, including several hotels, has been reported. Fallen trees and electricity lines are blocking roads in some areas, while power outages have also been reported. Relief and rescue efforts are ongoing.
United States: Midwest, Southwest regions: Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by ongoing severe weather
Wed, 22 May 2019 22:12:51 EST
Members in Midwest and Southwest regions – specifically Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas states – in the coming days should continue to anticipate disruption due to forecast severe storms. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood warnings for north-west Oklahoma and southern Missouri. It has also advised of the possibility of thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area through at least 24 May.
United States: Pertussis cases in Montana
Thu, 23 May 2019 00:59:45 EST
Outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported in several counties in Montana. Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads when infected people cough or sneeze droplets into the air. Infants are affected most frequently. Early cold-like symptoms are followed by episodes of rapid and violent coughing. Supportive treatment and antibiotics help to treat the illness. Vaccination is the best way to prevent pertussis.
Zimbabwe: Anticipate potential protests over new fuel price increase; avoid all gatherings
Wed, 22 May 2019 07:59:02 EST
Members in the capital Harare and other urban centres should monitor for renewed protests over fuel prices in the coming days, after the country's energy authority announced an immediate 46-49% increase in the cost of petrol and diesel on 21 May. Violent unrest broke out in January during a national strike in response to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's announcement of a 150% fuel price rise. While there are no current calls for protests, members should avoid all gatherings due to a credible risk of unrest.
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