Transportation Strike on January 7

U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Transportation Strike on January 7

January 6, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Niger informs U.S. citizens of a planned transportation strike scheduled to take place Thursday, January 7, 2016.  Transportation Corporation personnel will conduct a one-day strike, with the stated purpose of leveraging lower gas prices and calling for less restrictive policing tactics.

The walk-out strike is expected to impact all public transportation services, especially taxi service and local buses, and will likely disrupt traffic patterns.  The Embassy is unaware of any planned protest to accompany the strike, but reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution as protests can occur suddenly.

Remember, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  If you see a crowd forming, do not attempt to drive through it.  Leave the area and evacuate to a safe location.

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