A spokesman for the national judges' union announced on Monday, August 27, that judges across Mali launched an indefinite strike on Tuesday, August 28. Judges are protesting against poor salaries and working conditions and are also demanding better security for their workers. No services will be provided during strike. Related demonstrations are possible in the coming days and weeks.
Several other strikes were held in previous months. Judges are demanding better working conditions such as salary increases, as well as improved protection for judiciary installations and personnel.
Individuals present in Mali are advised to avoid all protests and gatherings due to the potential for violence.
On a more general note, due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country, all those present in Mali are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.