A protest organized by “Hetsika Madagasikara ho an’ny Malagasy” is planned for Saturday, January 9 in Antananarivo, 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. Organizers stated they would march from the Democracy Square in Ambohijatovo to the French Embassy in Ambatomena through the May 13 Square on Independence Avenue and will be prepared to “face” security forces if they try and prevent the demonstration. The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo recommends that U.S. citizens avoid those areas on January 9.
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.
For more information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Country Specific Information for Madagascar.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, located Lot 207 A, Point Liberty, Andranoro, Antehiroka,105 Antananarivo, at +(261) (23) 480 00/01, Monday through Thursday: from 7:30a.m. to 5:00p.m., Friday: From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(261) (20) (23) 480 00.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).