Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Taxi drivers plan to protest in Dili, Timor-Leste, April 27. Road travel disruptions and clashes possible.

This alert affects Dili

This alert began 26 Apr 2020 15:59 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Apr 2020 16:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Dili (map)
  • Date: April 27
  • Impact: Increased security; possible ground travel disruptions, clashes

The US Embassy in Timor-Leste issued a Demonstration Alert April 24 noting that taxi and microlet drivers plan to protest in Dili April 27 in opposition to a state of emergency imposed by the government in response to COVID-19. Drivers have indicated that related restrictive measures, which include a suspension of public transport, have impacted their livelihoods. The embassy statement has indicated that protests are possible near the National Parliament, other government buildings, and across Dili.

Authorities are likely to increase security near any demonstration that materializes as a standard precaution and to enforce a COVID-19-related ban on gatherings. Clashes between protesters and the police are possible should the demonstrators fail to obtain requisite permission to gather or if they are overly disruptive. Disruptions to ground travel near protest sites are possible. The legislature is due to debate the extension of the state of emergency, April 27. Any decision to extend, which includes provisions to maintain a suspension of public transportation, may result in further protests in the coming days.

Exercise caution near the National Parliament and other major government buildings in Dili April 27. Avoid all protests. Heed the directives of the security forces.

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