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27 Feb 2020 | 12:10 PM UTC

Mali: Large public meeting planned in Bamako February 29

Coordination of Movements, Associations, and Sympathizers of Mahmoud Dicko (CMAS) to hold a meeting in Bamako February 29; associated demonstrations possible

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Event

The Coordination of Movements, Associations, and Sympathizers of Mahmoud Dicko (CMAS) is planning a large public meeting in Bamako on Saturday, February 29. According to US diplomatic sources, the event will take place at 10:00 (local time) at the Palais de la Culture.

While the meeting is expected to go off peacefully, large gatherings in Bamako have caused traffic disruptions and led to the deployment of tear gas in the past. The US Embassy in Bamako has strongly advised its citizens to avoid the meeting area on Saturday. 

A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions, including traffic congestion and road closures, are to be expected in the vicinity of the meeting.

Advice

Individuals in Bamako are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.