Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 6, 2018

Location: Throughout Dhaka, and all major cities in Bangladesh

Event: Demonstrations may take place on February 8, 2018 in conjunction with the expected announcement of a verdict in a court case against opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Demonstrations may or may not affect local transportation services, schools, shopping malls, and infrastructure. Previous protests in Bangladesh have turned violent, resulting in lengthy traffic disruptions, injuries, and deaths. Participants are known to throw rocks, debris, and small homemade explosive devices. Security forces are known to use tear gas and other crowd control measures against demonstrators, including firearms with rubber bullets. The U.S. Embassy’s Consular section will remain open for normal business.

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.