Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe – July 18, 2019

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Lilongwe

  July 18, 2019

Location:  Nationwide

Event: The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) called for mass demonstrations to continue until Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chair Jane Ansah resigns.  Though organizers consistently have called for peaceful protest, looting and violence have occurred during recent demonstrations throughout Malawi’s major cities.

On Friday, July 19, there are planned demonstrations in all cities and districts throughout Malawi.  The U.S. Embassy will be open Friday, July 19 with reduced staffing and limited operations.

Travel for Embassy personnel within Lilongwe is restricted to residential neighborhoods and the airport on July 19.  No out-of-town travel is authorized, whether work-related or personal, for Friday, July 19.

Actions to Take:

  • Ensure you have emergency food and water supplies at your residence.
  • Ensure you have a fully charged radio and cell phone.
  • Exercise caution when moving around all areas of Malawi.
  • If you see a barrier or individuals blocking your path, turn around and find an alternate route.
  • If you are unable to depart, keep your windows up and your doors locked, seek shelter if needed.
  • Avoid large crowds and always leave yourself room to maneuver.