Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy (Dhaka, Bangladesh) (July 31, 2018)
Event: Local sources report that student-led protests are taking place in various areas of Dhaka. The demonstrations are reportedly in reaction to the deaths of two students caused by a local bus accident on Sunday, July 29.
According to local news, some vehicles were vandalized during demonstrations pertaining to the same issue, held in various areas of Dhaka on the afternoon of July 30. Significant traffic congestion is expected again on the afternoon of July 31, with reports of student protesters blocking key roadways once again. The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution, as demonstrations could continue for the next several days.
Previous protests in Bangladesh have turned violent, resulting in traffic disruptions, injuries, and deaths. Participants are known to throw rocks and debris. Security forces are known to use tear gas and other crowd control measures against demonstrators, including firearms with rubber bullets.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local news.
• Expect heavier than normal traffic congestion throughout the day.
• Avoid large crowds and protests.
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
• Exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.