Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Tensions persist across Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, following protests around local markets, April 27. Transport disruptions possible.

This alert affects Ouagadougou

This alert began 27 Apr 2020 14:31 GMT and is scheduled to expire 28 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Protest
  • Location(s): Ouagadougou (map)
  • Date: April 27
  • Impact: Further protests, transport disruptions, increased security possible

Summary
Protests have been reported in the vicinity of local markets in Ouagadougou April 27. The US Embassy in Ouagadougou has reported blocked roads at several sites, including the Sakariare, Nabiyaaare (Nabi Yaar), 10 Yaare, and Mba Simon Toega markets. The protests are reportedly linked to lockdown measures introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

An increased security presence is likely to remain deployed across the affected areas as a precaution. Residual transport disruptions are also possible.

Advice
Avoid the affected area at least through the evening hours of April 27. Monitor local media sources for updates on possible protests locations. Plan for localized road closures and business disruptions around the sites. If violence occurs nearby, immediately depart the area and seek shelter in a non-government building. Heed all official security and transport advisories.

 


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