2009 Warden Messages
Rally hosted by the Governor of Conakry in support of the CNDD is planned for 1300 on March 29, 2009 at the Stadium of September 28.
March 28, 2009
This Warden Message is being issued to inform all American citizens that a rally hosted by the Governor of Conakry in support of the CNDD is planned for 1300 on March 29, 2009 at the Stadium of September 28 on the campus of the University of Conakry. Also, an SMS text message from an unknown source was sent throughout Conakry asking all recipients to remain at home on March 29; the message suggested possible civil unrest in connection with the rally. Guinean Government security and policing services are aware of the SMS text message but do not consider the threat to be valid; they are however intending to increase security around the event on Sunday as a precautionary measure.
The Embassy's Security Officer has issued a Security Notice to all Mission employees and the Embassy community advising them to avoid the location of the Rally due to increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic. All Americans are similarly advised to avoid the area of the Rally.
As always, we remind American citizens that demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence quickly. The Embassy, therefore, urges U.S. citizens to exercise caution in the vicinity of any protests, and to avoid crowds, political gatherings, and street demonstrations, even if they appear to be peaceful.
If you have questions or concerns about safety or related issues, you are encouraged to contact the Consular Section at the Embassy. During normal business hours--Monday through Thursday 07:30 to 16:30, Friday 07:30 to 13:30--please call 64-43-47-82. After hours, please call 64-32-43-41. Inquiries or information transmitted by email to the consular section of the Embassy at ConsularConakr@state.gov will be read the morning of the next business day.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found.
The U.S. Embassy is located on the Transversale No. 2, Centre Administratif de Koloma, opposite the new RTG radio station in Ratoma, Conakry, Guinea. The U.S. Embassy website is http://conakry.usembassy.gov/index.html.