Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe
Location: Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods:
· Harare Central Business District (CBD)
· Bulawayo Central Business District (CBD)
Event: Local political figures have called for a potentially large protest against the Zimbabwean government and corruption on July 31 while others have called for counter-protests. There is a real possibility for clashes between the opposing groups of protesters and security forces.
· Past demonstrations have been met with aggressive tactics by police to suppress protests. Crackdowns by security forces in high density areas leading up to and immediately following civil disturbances and internet/social media interruptions are possible.
Actions to Take:
· Avoid the Central Business District (CBD) and other areas where protesters may congregate.
· Immediately leave the area if you encounter demonstrations or disturbances as non-participating bystanders can unintentionally get caught in the middle of erupting violence.
· Monitor local media for updates
· Keep a low profile.
· United States Embassy Harare, Zimbabwe
2 Lorraine Drive Harare, Zimbabwe Tel: +263-867-701-1000 Emergency +263 -772 559-727 https://zw.usembassy.gov/
· State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
· Zimbabwe Country Information
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