Today, travelers in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas should anticipate disruption during the passage of a number of severe storms with the potential to produce destructive winds and tornadoes. The National Weather Service has issued an Enhanced Risk Warning (third-highest on a five-tier scale) for severe weather in Abilene, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo, TX, as well as Grand Island, NE.
Today, travelers in Riverside, CA should plan journeys avoiding Interstate 215. The road is closed in both directions between Harley Knox Boulevard and Cactus Avenue after a military aircraft crashed into a warehouse near Marsh Air Force Base yesterday. Police have also closed the following nearby routes: Meridian Parkway between Alessandro and Van Buren boulevards, Interstate 215 between Cactus Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard, and Van Buren Boulevard between Village West Drive and Interstate 215.
Today, passengers of Avianca Brazil transiting Sao Paulo-Congonhas (CGH) and Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) airports should reconfirm flights due to an indefinite strike by airline employees. The strike has been called over the non-payment of salaries and benefits to airline staff.
Travelers should anticipate disruption and avoid all demonstrations linked to an ongoing indefinite general strike due to the risk of local unrest. The strike, which began on May 14, and which is affecting all sectors, is demanding increased government spending on welfare provision. While strike-related demonstrations have so far been peaceful, all gatherings should be avoided as a precaution.
Travelers in Hanover, St James, and Westmoreland parishes should exercise caution and follow all directives issued by security forces following the extension of a State of Emergency through July 29. The measure is intended to tackle violent crime in the parishes, which are home to the highest murder rates in the country.
On Monday, May 20, travelers in Montevideo should anticipate traffic disruption during an annual march commemorating those who disappeared during the military dictatorship. Demonstrators will gather at 7:00 PM local time at the intersection of Rivera and Jackson streets and march to Plaza Cagancha. Related protests are possible in other cities. Previous marches, though well attended, remained peaceful.
On Wednesday, May 22, travelers in Montevideo should anticipate disruption and avoid a demonstration related to a strike by the PIT-CNT labor union to minimize inconvenience. The strike will be observed from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM local time. Participants will gather at Avenida 18 de Julio & Ejido before marching to the Plaza Independencia. The action is in solidarity with gas workers protesting allegedly unfair dismissal.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Kiwanja should continue to exercise caution and avoid all gatherings as a precaution. On May 16, thousands of protesters blocked major roads in the town with burning tires and makeshift barricades. Police responded with tear gas and live ammunition. One person was killed, and four others injured. Businesses were also closed amid the unrest. Tensions over the continued abduction of residents by armed groups in the area and associated security measures are likely to persist.
A Lebanese National was kidnapped on May 13 in the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan. The long-term expatriate was reportedly approached outside a bakery and driven away in his own car, which was subsequently recovered in Azaguie, 25 miles to the north. The victim was released yesterday.
Travelers in southern governorates should anticipate and avoid further anti-corruption protests. On May 15-16, supporters of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr staged rallies in Najaf, Karbala, Babil, Wasit, Qadisiyah, and Dhi Qar governorates following a call from al-Sadr for protests against alleged corruption in the Sadrist movement. Demonstrators targeted the premises of former Sadrists dismissed for corruption during the protests. Security guards in Najaf killed four people and injured 17 others when they opened fire on demonstrators looting the City Mall. Al-Sadr has since called for restraint, though further protests are likely.
Tomorrow, travelers in Benin City and Port Harcourt should plan routes bypassing a demonstration by women’s rights groups to minimize inconvenience. In Benin, participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at Museum Ground, while the demonstration in Port Harcourt will begin at 12:00 PM local time at the Port Harcourt Mall. Related rallies were previously held in Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan.
Travelers in Harare should avoid all gatherings linked to a strike by state prosecutors. Yesterday, attorneys from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) walked out over a range of issues, including working conditions. They also are also objecting to the recent arrest of a colleague for an act that they claim was merely his duty. A group of striking prosecutors handed in a petition of demands to the Prosecutor General’s Office on the first day of the strike.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Dhaka should expect increased security and avoid gatherings related to the Buddha Purnima religious celebration. Today, a procession will be held from Shahbagh to the National Press Club. Tomorrow, celebrations will be held at Buddhist temples in the Badda, Basabo, Mirpur, and Uttara areas. Authorities will deploy additional police officers and establish checkpoints around event venues and key locations. Amid reports of a potential attack, police have said that there are no specific threats. Travelers should exercise vigilance and follow official directives.
Today, travelers in Honiara should avoid any gatherings linked to a High Court hearing on the legality of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s nomination. While no groups have announced specific plans for concurrent protests, sporadic gatherings around the court building are possible. Additional security force personnel are likely to be deployed in the area and travelers in the vicinity should comply with all official directives.
Today, travelers in Taipei should plan journeys avoiding a rally by the LGBTQ community outside the Legislative Yuan building during a Parliamentary session to vote on three bills on same-sex marriage. The LGBTQ rights group, Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, is holding the rally to demand the passage of all three bills before a May 24 deadline set by the Constitutional Court. The group held a previous rally on May 14 at the same location which attracted around 1,500 participants. Although the rally is expected to be peaceful, it is likely to cause local traffic disruption.
Tomorrow, travelers in Yerevan should avoid protests and anticipate a heightened security presence related to the ongoing court case of ex-President Robert Kocharyan. The Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction is expected to announce a verdict at 4:00 PM local time. Supporters and opponents of Kocharyan have held protests outside the court house since hearings began on May 13. Although these protests passed off without major disturbances, travelers should avoid the vicinity as a standard precaution.
Travelers in Brussels and other main cities should avoid climate rallies through the end of the month by the “Youth for Climate” student group. While the group plans to continue protesting every Thursday until European Parliamentary Elections on May 23-26, its next gathering is scheduled for today. The demonstration will be held at 10:30 AM local time at Brussels Central Station. Participants will subsequently march to Gare du Midi. They are calling on the EU and the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tomorrow, travelers in Paris and other main urban centers should expect local disruption and plan journeys avoiding protests over a proposed education reform law. Demonstrators in Paris will gather at 1:30 PM local time at Montparnasse and march towards Place d’Italie. Related protests are likely nationwide.
Passengers transiting Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE) should allow additional time for journeys. On May 15, drivers of rideshare services blocked access to the facility’s two terminals. This was in response to a similar action on May 14 by taxi drivers. The blockades forced passengers to walk to and from the airport. Drivers have again threatened blockades today. Taxi drivers are demanding that authorities impose restrictions on ride-sharing services.
Today, travelers in Chisinau should plan routes avoiding a demonstration at Great National Assembly Square over rising fuel prices. Drivers will gather between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM local time at the square, potentially causing local disruption.