Unions representing teachers have called for a nationwide 72-hour strike to take place from Wednesday, December 19, to Friday, December 21. According to union representatives, the strike is being organized to demand better working conditions and the payment of back wages. Associated demonstrations are possible in cities throughout Mali, notably in the capital Bamako. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are expected in the vicinity of any demonstration.
Strikes are commonplace in Mali. Teachers, lawyers, and health workers across the country held significant strikes throughout 2017 and 2018.
Individuals in Mali are advised to monitor the situation and avoid all demonstrations as a precaution. The security environment in Mali remains complex, particularly in the north and central regions. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.