Critical global developments with particular regard to terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks
- United States
- South Korea
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
- Saudi Arabia
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic Of The Congo
- Central African Republic
- South Africa
Security Threat Level Explanation
Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.
Hot Spots Report
The PTI supporters were traveling to Islamabad to join the party’s planned 2 November “lockdown” of the capital. Tensions are high in anticipation of the demonstration, which the PTI is organizing to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The government has banned rallies in the capital, while the PTI has vowed to go ahead with its plan, setting the stage for further confrontations in the coming days.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Analyst Comment: Widespread protests are uncommon in Morocco, and local activists stated that the protests resembled those that occurred during Morocco’s short-lived Arab Spring in 2011. In an effort to quell further dissent, the interior and justice ministries responded to the protesters by stating that authorities will conduct an investigation into the fisherman’s death.
Previously, on 28 October, security forces used tear gas to disperse anti-referendum protesters in Abidjan’s central business district. Protesters were marching close to the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the Plateau, which is Abidjan’s central business district, when police officers employed tear gas. According to a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, security forces used tear gas because protesters deviated from the planned demonstration route and were headed toward the Place de la République, which the spokesperson claimed would have disrupted economic activities. The protest and police intervention resulted in traffic disruptions.
Analyst Comment: The scuffles reported on voting day highlight the contentious nature of the referendum. Protests are possible following the announcement of the election results. It is not known when the electoral commission will publish the results. Protests in Côte d'Ivoire have the potential to turn violent, as the developments on 28 October illustrate. Consequently, travelers in Côte d'Ivoire should avoid all protests and demonstrations.
In Kinshasa, at least 30 activists staged a sit-in protest in front of the African Union headquarters on 29 October. Demonstrators chanted slogans, waved two banners and blew whistles. Police officers confiscated the banners and arrested 10 demonstrators affiliated with Filimbi, the citizens’ movement that organized the protest. A police spokesperson stated that six members of Filimbi were charged with disturbing public order and inciting revolt and that the other four have been released.
“U.S. citizens who have decided to remain in CAR despite the Travel Warning should regularly review their personal security situation. Embassy Bangui cannot provide consular services to U.S. citizens in CAR at this time. U.S. citizens in need of assistance should contact the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon.”
"Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in the vicinity of the demonstration, and many local businesses may close for the duration of the event. The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria is advising U.S. government personnel and their family members to avoid the area of the demonstrations.
"U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations; maintain situational awareness and exercise good judgment; stay alert; be aware of your surroundings at all times, and stay abreast of ongoing events through local media outlets and social media."