Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Khartoum

Location: Sudanese Armed Forces Headquarters in Khartoum; metropolitan Khartoum (Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North) and other cities and locations across Sudan.

Event:  Continued civil unrest.  There are on-going demonstrations at Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Headquarters and throughout the city.

The Embassy is aware of reports of a military takeover of the Government.  However, as of 10:00 am there has been no official announcement.  The atmosphere at the moment is festive, but there is still a possibility for a deterioration of the situation.

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy is closed for routine business on Thursday, April 11.

Demonstrations and military activity may continue day and night throughout Khartoum.  Based on recent protest activity, multiple, spontaneous protests throughout Khartoum could occur in addition to the planned demonstrations.  Demonstrations could escalate in intensity quickly.  Sudanese security forces have used large amounts of teargas, batons, and frequent arrests to break up demonstrations.  Bystanders have also been victimized by security forces’ actions.  Protests may occur without warning at any time.

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.