Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Public Demonstrations in Maputo

A group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) led by the League of Human Rights announced via social media and news media that they are calling for peaceful demonstrations in Maputo on Saturday, June 18. A march is scheduled to begin at 7:30 am starting from the plaza at the intersections of Avenida Eduardo Mondlane and Avenida da Zambia in front of the statue of former president Eduardo Mondlane. The march will continue down Avenida Eduardo Mondlane turning right at Avenida Karl Marx and arriving at the Praca da Independencia in front of the statue of former president Samora Machel.

Although the organizers have called for a peaceful march, and there is no current indication there will be any violence, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mozambique.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Maputo in Maputo, located at 193, Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, and is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You may also call 21-49-2797 during normal business hours, 84-306-6480 during after-hours.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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