Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Khartoum

Location: Metropolitan Khartoum (Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North) and other cities and locations across Sudan.

Event:  Demonstrations have been called for the following times: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 4 – 6 to mark the anniversary of former President Gaafar Nimeiry’s removal from power in 1985.  Based on historic activity, protests and a large security presence are anticipated in the Burri neighborhood in the vicinity of Al Ma’arad Street.  The U.S. Embassy expects a large deployment of Sudanese Armed Forces in addition to uniformed and plain clothes security forces.  No specific times or locations have been announced.

U.S. government personnel are required to use armored vehicles for all official and non-official movement throughout the weekend.  On Saturday, April 6 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, U.S. government personnel will be limited to official movement only.

Spontaneous night-time demonstrations may continue throughout the country.  Based on recent protest activity, multiple, spontaneous protests throughout the city could occur in addition to the planned demonstrations.  Demonstrations could escalate in intensity quickly.  Protests may occur without warning at any time and may continue in the coming weeks.

Security forces have enhanced authority to detain and arrest anybody they deem to be undermining public order, including protestors or those suspected of supporting the protests.  Arbitrary detentions, including of foreigners, have been reported across the country.  The Sudanese government does not recognize dual citizenship and is likely to consider U.S.-Sudanese dual citizens as Sudanese citizens only.

 Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.