Subject: Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh (November 08,2023)
Location: Dhaka, other cities across Bangladesh.
Event: Garment sector workers seeking a minimum wage increase continue to demonstrate in the Gazipur district, 16 miles north of the capital, Dhaka. These protests have led to violent confrontations with police. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the Gazipur area while these protests continue.
In addition, as the next general election is anticipated to occur sometime in January 2024, political party rallies, protests, strikes (hartals), blockades, and other election-related activities may occur with increasing frequency and intensity. U.S. citizens should practice vigilance and remember that demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Demonstrations may also occur with little or no warning. You should avoid demonstrations and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings. Review personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.
Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, and the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, U.S. citizens overseas should exercise increased caution.
U.S. government personnel in Bangladesh live, work, and travel under strict security guidelines and are subject to movement and travel restrictions. During times of demonstrations and civil unrest these travel restrictions may be enhanced. For example, this could mean limiting all but essential travel to the diplomatic enclave and nearby neighborhoods of Baridhara, Gulshan, and Banani. The U.S. government may have limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Bangladesh due to these travel restrictions.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s website travel.state.gov where country specific information as well as travel warnings and alerts can be found.
U.S. citizens are advised to maintain travel documents and enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid large crowds and protests.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Monitor local news.
- Remain vigilant and keep a low profile.
- Always carry your charged mobile phone for emergency communications.
- Plan for alternative travel routes.