Security Messages for U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Embassy has received information that protests against the United Nations report of the U.N. Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) are expected in major cities across Burundi tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 24, 2016. In Bujumbura, plans are not set for a start point, but it is expected that any protest will proceed to the UN compound on Gatumba Road (on Burundi highway RN4, towards the beach clubs). This means the roads may be blocked for the protest, which are expected to be over by mid-day.
The U.S. Embassy has received information that a crowd is gathering this morning at Gare du Nord to celebrate the anniversary of the elections. From there the crowd may march to the Place de l’Independance. This is anticipated to be a peaceful event that should be over by mid- to late-afternoon.
The U.S. Embassy continues to warn U.S. citizens of political violence persisting throughout Burundi in the aftermath of the country’s contested elections. Travel in Burundi presents significant risks, especially after nightfall. U.S. Embassy personnel travel in Burundi is limited and monitored. The U.S. Embassy advises citizens to review the Travel Warning issued on March 11, 2016.