Student and Teacher Sit-ins July 25 and July 29, 2017

July 25, 2017

This notice is to inform of a planned student sit-in on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 and a teacher sit-in and march on Saturday, July 29, 2017.  The student sit-in is expected to take place outside the Ministry of Education building in Niamey.  There have been calls by some teachers to march from Place Tuomo to Place de Concentration on Saturday, July 29.  In past instances of education strikes, students have become agitated and started spontaneous demonstrations in which they burned tires and hurled rocks at passersby. Past student demonstrations have affected the following routes: Tillabery, Mali Bero, and Kennedy Bridge.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution as any demonstration in Niger could become violent and that they can occur suddenly anywhere throughout the city.  If you see a crowd forming, do not attempt to drive through it.  Leave the area and evacuate to a safe location.