Daily Security Alerts

Snapshot of Today's Events

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Contents

AMERICAS

  • Brazil

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

  • Peru
  • Venezuela

Hot Spots Report

AMERICAS

Brazil (Security threat level - 3): On 25 April 2017, approximately 4,000 indigenous people gathered outside the Congress building in Brasilia to demand more land rights and to protest encroachment on their lands. The demonstration was initially peaceful until police officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to prevent protesters from climbing onto a ramp that leads into Congress. Protesters responded by firing arrows. Several indigenous people suffered minor injuries in the clashes, but there were no reports of police injuries.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Kenya (Security threat level - 4): On 25 April 2017, police officers used tear gas in the western city of Kisumu to disperse hundreds of people protesting the results of the primary election for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). At least one person was injured. Meanwhile, the ODM primary election in Nairobi was suspended after demonstrators broke into the building that was housing ballot papers. The incidents occurred as the ruling Jubilee party has been forced to postpone its primaries in certain areas of the country due to unrest. The courts have extended the primary election to 7 May due to these disruptions. Additional election-related unrest and violence is highly likely. Travelers should avoid gatherings and election facilities to the extent possible in order to minimize the risk of being collaterally affected.
Nigeria (Security threat level - 5): As of last report on 26 April 2017, a blackout is affecting most of the four southeastern states -- Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers. The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) stated that protesting workers who barricaded PHED offices and substations caused the power outage. PHED officials have called for calm and stated that they are attempting to reach an agreement with the workers.
South Africa (Security threat level - 3): As planned on 26 April 2017, South African Airways (SAA) cabin crew members launched a strike to demand an increase in the daily meal allowance for overseas flights. The strike caused the cancellation of at least 32 flights nationwide as of the afternoon of 26 April; most of the canceled flights were domestic. SAA stated that it was attempting to reach a settlement with the cabin crew's labor union and urged passengers to consult their website for updates to flight schedules.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Peru (Security threat level - 3): On 25 April 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Alert for Peru, which reads as follows: "The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the damage caused by the flooding and landslides in several regions of Peru. The State of Emergency issued by the Government of Peru remains in effect. This Travel Alert expires on May 31, 2017.

"The City of Cusco, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu and the tourist areas in the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca have not experienced flooding to date. The coastal area south of Lima has returned to normal conditions. Peru’s Amazon Basin has received typical levels of rainfall.

"A map from the Government of Peru showing the affected districts is available at http://unasolafuerza.pe/.

"You are encouraged to carefully review the safety situation of your destination and modes of transportation before travel. Visit the link above for the latest information.

"Heavy rains have resulted in extensive damage to homes, water supply facilities, schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges in several regions. The Government of Peru continues to repair roads and bridges especially along the Pan American highway and other vital access routes in the northern part of Peru. The Government of Peru is also working to repair water supply facilities, sanitation systems, schools, and hospitals in the affected areas. More than 1.1 million Peruvians were affected by the floods with approximately 46,000 still residing in camps and shelters and many more living with friends and family. In northern coastal Peru, standing water has increased the number of cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya despite fumigation efforts. Additionally, there has been a spike in Leptospirosis and other diarrheal diseases recently in flooded areas. Local public health authorities warn of more cases of various diarrheal diseases and mosquito-borne viral diseases in the affected areas. Therefore, ensuring compliance with usual guidance for safe drinking water and mosquito avoidance measures is highly recommended. The CDC website has specific guidance on these measures.

"Travel to impacted areas is likely to be delayed and may be dangerous due to bad road conditions. If you experience issues while traveling, contact local authorities at iPeru (01-574-8000; iperu@promperu.gob.pe), which maintains offices in cities around the country and regularly updates information on local developments affecting travelers, including alternative methods of transit.

"Listen to travel alerts and safety instructions from local authorities and avoid flooded areas. Establish a plan for maintaining contact with family and friends and keep them informed of your itinerary.

"The Peruvian police report traffic on the Carretera Central is now flowing normally, with a few sections experiencing delays as road crews repair damages. Official U.S. government travel to and along areas of the Carretera Central will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Travelers, including U.S. government employees, are encouraged to confirm with hotel operators located in the coastal Departments of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Tumbes that sanitation systems are operational and clean drinking water is available. All Peace Corps volunteers who were relocated from affected regions are scheduled to return in May. Most are expected to be able to return to serve in their sites in Piura, Lambayeque and Trujillo."

Venezuela (Security threat level - 4): On 25 April 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas issued the following Security Message: “The Embassy has received reports that La Mesa de la Unidad (MUD), Venezuela’s main opposition coalition, has called for a citywide march in Caracas on April 26 at 10:00 am to government offices in downtown Caracas (Municipio Libertador), possibly the Supreme Court of Venezuela (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia), the Office of the Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) and/or the National Electoral Council (Consejo Electoral Nacional).

“Affected areas will likely experience traffic disruptions, and it is also reasonable to expect a heavy presence of police/military near these locations. Clashes between demonstrators, counter-demonstrators, and Venezuelan security forces are possible.

“U.S. citizens should also be advised that similar demonstrations may also take place in other parts of Venezuela; all American residents and tourists are strongly encouraged to monitor local news constantly should updates become available at a later date.

“As a precaution, travel on April 26 for all Chief of Mission personnel will be restricted to the Santa Fe/Valle Arriba areas.

“The Embassy strongly cautions all U.S. citizens to avoid protests, and are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Recent protests encountered strong police/security force presence and the use of tear gas. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of any large gatherings or protests. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. U.S. Citizens in all parts of Venezuela are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.”

SIGNIFICANT DATES

26 April

Philippines: ASEAN summit meeting in Manila. Increased security will be in place. Disruptions to transportation and other daily activities are likely.
Senegal: Saint Louis International Jazz Festival
Tanzania: Union Day

27 April

Finland: National Veterans' Day
Malawi: Students planning demonstrations in major cities
Netherlands: King's Day
Philippines: ASEAN summit meeting in Manila. Increased security will be in place. Disruptions to transportation and other daily activities are likely.
Senegal: Saint Louis International Jazz Festival
Sierra Leone: Independence Day
Slovenia: Day of Uprising
South Africa: Freedom Day
South Africa: Protest planned at Freedom Park, Pretoria
Togo: Independence Day
Yemen: Anniversary of 1994 civil war

28 April

Afghanistan: Mujahideen Victory Day (increased threat of attacks)
Barbados: National Heroes Day
Philippines: ASEAN summit meeting in Manila. Increased security will be in place. Disruptions to transportation and other daily activities are likely.
Senegal: Saint Louis International Jazz Festival

29 April

Japan: Showa Day (Public holiday)
Philippines: ASEAN summit meeting in Manila. Increased security will be in place. Disruptions to transportation and other daily activities are likely.
Senegal: Saint Louis International Jazz Festival

30 April

Finland: May Day Eve (Some businesses close early)
Senegal: Saint Louis International Jazz Festival
Vietnam: Liberation/Reunification Day (Public holiday)

1 May

Australia: Labour Day (Northern Territory)
Haiti: Labor and Agriculture Day
Israel: Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day. Public holiday. Begins at sundown on 30 April.)
Kazakhstan: Unity Day
Senegal: Saint Louis International Jazz Festival
Slovenia: Reformation Day
United Kingdom: Early May Bank Holiday
Worldwide: May Day / International Labor Day

2 May

Bhutan: Birthday of 3rd Druk Gyalpo
Israel: Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day. Begins at sundown on 1 May.)
Spain: Comunidad de Madrid (Madrid Province and city only)

3 May

Israel: Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day. Begins at sundown on 1 May.)
Japan: Constitution Memorial Day (Public holiday; businesses and government offices close)
Poland: Constitution Day

4 May

Afghanistan: Memorial Day for Martyrs and the Disabled
Latvia: Restoration of Independence Day
Namibia: Cassinga Day

5 May

Ethiopia: Patriots' Victory Day
Guyana: Indian Heritage Day (Arrival Day)
Japan: Children's Day (Public holiday; youth events throughout the country)
Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Day
Mexico: Cinco de Mayo - Victory Over French (1867)
Netherlands: Liberation Day
South Korea: Children's Day (Public holiday)
United States: Kentucky Derby in Louisville

6 May

Bulgaria: St. George's Day
Lebanon: Martyrs' Day
Syria: Martyrs' Day
United States: Kentucky Derby in Louisville

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