Planned Demonstrations in Antananarivo

A protest organized by “Hetsika Madagasikara ho an’ny Malagasy” is planned for Saturday December 12th, 2015 at 9:00am in Ambohijatovo, near Democracy Park.  Such demonstrations have turned violent in the past, and there is the possibility of conflict with authorities about holding a political demonstration.  The CUA (Commune Urbaine d’Antananarivo) gave authorization to the organizers to hold their demonstration at Andohatapenaka Field (near the Makis Rugby Stadium on the Digue road) but not in Ambohijatovo. The organizers insist they will meet in Ambohijatovo.  Yesterday, the Ministry of Interior communicated that all political gatherings are prohibited in the Republic of Madagascar because of the Senate elections at the end of December.  The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo recommends that U.S. citizens avoid the area near the Makis Rugby Stadium and Ambohijatovo on December 12.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Madagascar enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Madagascar, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution).  Read the Country Specific Information for Madagascar.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

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The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo is located at Lot 207 A, Point Liberty, Andranoro, Antehiroka,105 Antananarivo and is open Monday through Thursday: from 7:30a.m. to 5:00p.m., Friday: From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.  Tel: (261) (23) 480 00/01.

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is (261) (20) (23) 480 00.