Travelers in El Alto should avoid demonstrations and plan journeys avoiding roadblocks by farmers. Activists plan to block National Route 2, the main road linking El Alto to Copacabana, until their demands for more public spending in deprived areas of the city are met. The roadblock will last through tomorrow, though it may go on longer; further related protests are also possible. Travelers should use alternative routes.
Today, travelers in Santiago should avoid the vicinity of a demonstration at Plaza Baquedano as a routine precaution. The rally, which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM local time, is being organized in protest of perceived state repression targeting student and indigenous Mapuche groups in Chile.
On Saturday, June 22, travelers in Guayaquil should plan journeys avoiding a prolife rally. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at Parque Centenario before marching along Boulevard 9 de Octubre to Malecon Simon Bolivar. The rally is likely to pass off peacefully and be well attended, causing disruption along its route.
Today, unruly protests continue in various areas of Tegucigalpa. Affected locations include Boulevard Suyapa, Anillo Periferico 2, Boulevard Centroamerica, and the Guanacaste area. Additionally, demonstrators have gathered in San Pedro Sula, mostly in the El Polvorin and Planeta de La Lima areas, and blocked roads with burning tires and rocks. Travelers should continue to avoid all affected areas due to the risk of clashes between protesters and security forces.
Today, travelers in urban centers, including Lima, should anticipate disruption and avoid all demonstrations associated with a union-led nationwide strike. In Lima, activists will gather at 12:00 PM local time at the Plaza Dos de Mayo and march to Plaza San Martin. Participants will subsequently march to Congress at 4:00 PM local time. Demonstrations are also likely in other urban centers, and these may occur at major public squares and outside government buildings. The industrial action has been called by the CGTP union in protest of the government’s labor policies, among other issues.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Recent attacks underline the risks associated with travel to Northwest and Southwest regions amid an ongoing insurgency by Anglophone separatist groups. On June 18, one soldier was killed, and four others injured during an attack on an Army convoy between Andeck and Njikwa. On the same day, 40 people were kidnapped while traveling along the Wum-Bamenda Road. These attacks follow a roadside bombing on June 15 that killed four police officers in Eyumojock. Non-essential travel to Northwest and Southwest regions should be deferred.
All travel to rural areas of North Kivu and Ituri provinces should be deferred due to persistent risks posed by rebel and militia activity. The insecurity has been exacerbated by an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus in several areas; more than 2,080 confirmed or probable Ebola cases and at least 1,400 fatalities have been reported. The response to the outbreak has been hindered by an escalation in violence in affected areas, prompting some health organizations to temporarily suspend operations. Security forces are supporting medical staff at entrance/exit points, where travelers are screened prior to entering/exiting affected zones.
Today, travelers in Nzerekore should avoid an opposition rally due to the potential for further unrest. Participants will march from the city stadium to Place des Martyrs, before continuing to Rond-point Dorota. The organizers, the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), are demonstrating against a potential constitutional amendment to allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third term. One person was killed, and 30 injured during clashes with security forces at an FNDC protest in the city on June 13.
Today, travelers in Basra should anticipate a heightened security force presence amid calls for protests against poor service delivery and youth unemployment. Demonstrations are expected across the governorate at 9:00 AM local time. Although activists have called for the gatherings to be peaceful, there is a credible potential for unrest. Travelers should monitor developments to determine the feasibility of movement.
On Tuesday, June 25, travelers in Maseru should avoid a planned protest by police officers from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM local time as a precaution. Members of the Lesotho Police Staff Association intend to march from Setsoto Stadium to Makoanyane Square over work-related issues. Although the potential for any unrest during the rally is limited, the event should be avoided to minimize inconvenience.
Today, authorities confirmed that a projectile launched yesterday by the Yemen-based Houthi group fell in the vicinity of a water desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq. No casualties or damage were reported. While the attack follows a number of similar incidents in neighboring Asir province in recent days, all such attacks remain within the Houthi group’s known capabilities, and Saudi defenses remain able to intercept most missiles and drones. Normal travel can continue, though travelers should exercise caution around likely targets for attack.
Yesterday, the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam issued an Alert Warning of “impending attacks” in the Masaki area of the city. The alert specifically mentioned hotels and restaurants popular with foreign nationals and a shopping center on the Msasani Peninsula as potential targets; however, despite issuing the warning, the Embassy noted there is currently no corroborating intelligence to support suggestions of an imminent attack. Nevertheless, there is a latent threat of militancy in Tanzania, and the alert highlights the need to exercise vigilance around likely targets.
Tomorrow, travelers in Lusaka should avoid a “Yellow Card Against Corruption” demonstration scheduled to take place opposite the Arcades Mall from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time. The event is being organized by prominent local activists to denounce a perceived increase in corruption. Although authorities have denied permission for the event, the organizers have vowed to go ahead with the gathering unless an alternative date is given. Travelers should monitor for any changes in the timings and locations for the event over the coming days.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Additional cases of dengue have been reported in Cambodia. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 have been reported in Yangon. This “swine flu” virus has been circulating worldwide for nearly a decade as a seasonal flu virus. The current flu vaccine protects against it. Influenza is a viral illness, causing a sudden fever, cough, headache, weakness and muscle pain. Most people do not require hospital treatment and recover on their own, though some cases can be serious or even fatal. Pregnant women, adults over 65, and young children are at higher risk of severe illness. Travelers should consider annual vaccination and pay attention to hygiene in order to prevent flu infections.
Passengers of EVA Air should reconfirm flights during an ongoing strike by employees. The walkout, which began this afternoon, has resulted in flight cancellations at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) and Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH). EVA Air employees are protesting wages and working conditions, and it is unclear how long the strike will be observed.
Today through Sunday, June 23, travelers in Bangkok should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption during the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Meetings between Regional Ministers and other officials are mainly taking place at the Athenee Hotel, while the media center is located at the Grande Centre Point Hotel Ploenchit. Travelers should allow additional time to complete journeys due to traffic restrictions and road closures.
Tomorrow through June 30, travelers in Minsk should anticipate heightened security measures and associated disruption during the 2nd European Games. Events will take place at 12 sports venues across the city, with around 4,000 athletes and 30,000 spectators expected to attend. Heightened security measures, including additional police patrols and enhanced screening procedures, will be in place around the host venues, designated fan zones, public transportation hubs, and major hotels. Traffic restrictions will also be imposed in central Minsk. Travelers should expect a heightened demand for transportation and accommodations.
Travelers should continue to avoid weekly protests by the “Yellow Vests” movement due to the risk of local unrest. The Yellow Vests have called for a nationwide mobilization on Saturday, June 22 to “block” the country. It has urged its supporters to rally at roundabouts, toll roads, and government buildings at 6:00 AM local time. In Paris, protesters are planning to gather at Parc de Bercy at 9:00 AM local time to block traffic towards the city center.
Tomorrow, travelers in Eindhoven should plan journeys avoiding a rally by the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) group outside the Al-Fourqaan Mosque. A previous planned demonstration on June 15 was banned by authorities, which led to the group distributing leaflets outside the mosque instead. The group is planning another leaflet campaign on Saturday, June 22. Previous gatherings have seen scuffles between demonstrators and counter-protesters. An increased police presence should be expected around all gatherings due to the risk of unrest.
Today, travelers in Moscow should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption during high school graduation ceremonies. An increased security force presence can be expected in public transportation hubs, with additional checkpoints set up near key celebration venues, including Red Square and Gorky Park. In addition to road closures, travelers should anticipate disruption to public transportation services.
Travelers in Belgrade and other urban centers should expect further anti-government demonstrations and avoid all such gatherings as a precaution. The protests, which are typically held on Saturday evenings, have so far passed off peacefully but have attracted significant numbers of participants. The next round of demonstrations is expected to take place on Saturday, June 22. Specific details are not yet available, though recent demonstrations in Belgrade have taken place around the Terazijska Fountain.
Today, travelers in Kiev should plan routes avoiding a planned protest outside Taras Shevchenko National University. Participants will gather at 6:30 PM local time in protest of the appointment of an adviser to ousted former President Viktor Yanukovich as a law professor at the university. While the event is likely to be peaceful, local disruption is possible.