Today, travelers in major urban centers should plan journeys bypassing further “Strike for Climate” demonstrations to minimize inconvenience. Protests are being organized worldwide as part of the movement inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. A previous “Global Strike for Climate” on March 15 attracted in excess of one million participants from more than 100 countries. Marches in capital cities are likely to be well attended, causing disruption.
Travelers in the Midwest and Southwest, specifically Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to ongoing severe weather. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Flash Flood Warnings for northwest Oklahoma and southern Missouri. It has also advised of the possibility of thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area.
Travelers in Jefferson City, MO should continue to avoid areas affected by a tornado on May 22-23. According to authorities, 20 people were injured after the tornado struck at around 11:45 PM local time on May 22, damaging buildings, uprooting trees and downing power lines. The worst damage has been reported in a three-squaremile southern area along Ellis Boulevard, Highway 54, and Stadium Boulevard. Power outages are widespread, and emergency responders are assessing damage.
On Wednesday, May 29, travelers should anticipate disruption and avoid demonstrations linked to a 24-hour general strike. The walkout has been called by the CGT union and other labor associations in protest of the policies of President Mauricio Macri’s administration. It can be expected to have a significant impact on transportation, involving the suspension of bus and train services, as well as flights. Bank branches will be closed, while associated rallies are likely in Buenos Aires and other urban centers.
Today, travelers in Port-au-Prince should plan journeys avoiding a sit-in protest at the Faculte des Sciences of the University of Haiti. Demonstrators are denouncing the fatal shooting of a university professor by unknown assailants on May 22.
Travelers should expect disruption due to heavy rain and flooding. Authorities have issued a Yellow Alert (second highest on a three-tier scale) for the departments of Carazo, Chinadega, Leon, Managua, Masaya, and Rivas; a Green Alert (lowest on the three-tier scale) has been issued for central areas of the country. Flooding, landslides, and blocked roads are possible in affected areas through Sunday, May 26.
Today, travelers should minimize movement during planned demonstrations. While specific details have not been announced, gatherings are likely in Managua, as well as Matagalpa, Masaya and Leon. Streets were reported to be empty, and shops closed during a related strike yesterday. The opposition coalition organizing the events is demanding that the government release all political prisoners after the recent death of a jailed political activist.
Today, travelers in Lima and other urban centers should avoid demonstrations organized by the conservative Con Mis Hijos No Te Metas civil society organization. Specific details of the gatherings are currently unavailable. The protests have been called to denounce a government plan to include gender studies in the curriculum. Previous demonstrations by the group in Lima have caused significant disruption.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers should anticipate disruption to telecommunications ahead of Independence Day celebrations. Social media has reportedly been blocked nationwide, and internet services are intermittent, if available at all. Demonstrations are rare in Eritrea, which is a tightly controlled one-party state, but the internet disruption may be an indication that there was some online discussion of protests which authorities are trying to prevent. Travelers should ensure they have access to suitable means of communications.
Travelers in Bissau should anticipate and avoid further demonstrations calling for the formation of a new government and fresh Presidential Elections. Related protests in the city on May 22 attracted thousands of participants. Protesters are demanding that President Jose Mario Vaz appoint Domingos Simoes Pereira, President of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), as Prime Minister. A dispute between Vaz and Pereira in August 2015 triggered the ongoing political crisis. A demonstration has been planned for tomorrow in the city, though further details are unavailable.
Today, travelers should avoid protests called by prominent Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr against Iraq’s involvement in regional conflicts. The demonstrations will begin at 9:00 PM local time; while no locations have been announced, participants in Baghdad may try to gather in Tahrir Square near the International Zone. Protests are also likely across southern provinces, though Sadr specifically excluded Najaf province in his call. Due to the potential for unrest and travel disruption, travelers should confirm the feasibility of movement during the protests.
Travelers in central areas should exercise caution and anticipate disruption due to ongoing wildfires caused by a heatwave. At least 3,500 residents have been evacuated from affected areas, including Kfar Daniel and Mevo Modi’im. The wildfires also caused the temporary closure of the Route 443 Highway, which connects Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, yesterday. Authorities have warned that strong winds may exacerbate the situation, and further evacuations remain possible. Travelers should abide by all official directives.
Travelers in Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa, and Tana River counties should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption due to adverse weather. The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has forecast heavy rainfall and strong winds in these areas through tomorrow. Associated floods are possible, particularly in low-lying areas.
On Sunday, May 26, travelers in Beirut should avoid a demonstration between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM local time at Martyrs’ Square. The event coincides with the 100-day mark since the new government was formed and aims to review its performance on a number of domestic policy issues. Although the event is likely to pass off peacefully, travelers should plan routes bypassing the area to minimize delays.
Today, travelers in Blantyre should plan routes bypassing the National Tally Center at Comesa Hall. The Malawi Electoral Committee (MEC) is expected to make an announcement at 1:00 PM local time related to the May 21 General Elections. In the run-up to the election, clashes erupted between supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in Chikwawa and Nsanje districts. A heightened security presence has been reported around the hall.
Passengers transiting major airports in Nigeria should expect normal services after aviation workers suspended a strike following successful negotiations between unions and the government. The strike, which was to protest a new aviation management structure, began on May 22. Workers disrupted access to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) offices at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos.
Travelers should expect disruption and possible demonstrations amid an ongoing fuel crisis. Long lines have been reported at fuel stations in Harare, Bulawayo, and Mutare. Fuel shortages have led to an increased demand for taxi and public transportation services across the country. In addition, the recent rise in the cost of petrol and diesel is likely to heighten tensions. Travelers should avoid all gatherings due to the credible risk of unrest.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today, an explosion occurred at around 1:00 PM local time at a mosque in the Paktia Kot area of Kabul. At least one person is reported to have been killed, and nine others injured.
Through June 1, passengers transiting Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport (PYG) should make alternate arrangements after the facility’s lone airline, SpiceJet, indefinitely suspended its service between Pakyong and Kolkata. The suspension is due, in part, to frequent flight cancellations due to weather and poor visibility, along with the airport’s lack of an Instrument Landing System. The suspension leaves the airport with no scheduled flights.
Travelers in the Kashmir Valley should exercise increased caution and avoid all protests following yesterday’s killing of a prominent militant. Zakir Rashid Bhat, the leader of the al-Qaida-affiliated Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind militant group, was killed during a security operation in Dadasara village. Protests subsequently erupted in various areas, including Anantnag, Pulwama and Sopore. Authorities have suspended mobile internet services and closed all educational institutions. Reports of a curfew across the valley remain unconfirmed.
Travelers in urban centers, particularly provincial capitals, should avoid all gatherings after the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the victory of President Joko Widodo in the April 17 General Election. Opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto has rejected the result and said that he would challenge it in the Constitutional Court. Subianto’s supporters have rallied in Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Mataram, and Makassar to denounce the election outcome. Further protests are likely today and tomorrow. Heightened security, diversions, and traffic congestion can be expected around gatherings.
Today, travelers in major urban centers should plan journeys bypassing further “Strike for Climate” demonstrations to minimize inconvenience. Protests are being organized worldwide as part of the movement inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. In the EU, this latest wave of demonstrations comes around European Parliamentary Elections. A previous “Global Strike for Climate” on March 15 attracted in excess of one million participants from more than 100 countries. Marches in capital cities are likely to be well attended, causing disruption.
Travelers in Brussels and other main cities should avoid climate rallies by the “Youth for Climate” student group. A related demonstration will be held at 1:00 PM local time today at the Brussels Central Station. Participants will subsequently march to Tour & Taxis. The group plans to continue protesting until the European Parliamentary Elections, which run through Sunday, May 26. They are calling on the EU and the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Yesterday, five unidentified men assaulted and robbed a Russian man and a Bulgarian woman at their home in the Germasogeia suburb of Limassol. Police are looking at CCTV evidence from the building to identify the perpetrators. Travelers should take sensible precautions, such as keeping a low profile and avoiding overt displays of wealth, to mitigate the risk of falling victim to crime.