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22.06.19  /  High  /  Czech Republic – Anti-Government Protest


22.06.19 Czech Republic Anti-Government Protest

As of 21 June 2019, several thousand protesters plan to take part in an anti-government protest in Prague’s Letna Park on 23 June. The protesters are calling for the resignation of the Czech prime minister for his involvement in a European Union subsidy fraud scandal and the removal of the new justice minister, who is a key ally of the president and prime minister. Travelers should avoid the demonstration as a precaution.

22.06.19  /  High  /  Iran – Emergency Order Prohibits U.S. Aircraft from Entering Iranian Airspace


22.06.19 Iran Emergency Order Prohibits U.S. Aircraft from Entering Iranian Airspace

On 20 June 2019, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order prohibiting U.S. aircraft from entering Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to "heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region." The FAA order comes after Iranian forces shot down an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone on 19 June while there were “numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area.” In response to the FAA order, United Airlines suspended its regular flight from Newark, New Jersey to Mumbai, India, citing the need to conduct a “thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace.” Several other major international airlines -- including British Airways, Qantas, KLM, Malaysia Airlines and Emirates -- have announced that they are rerouting flight paths to avoid the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman.

22.06.19  /  Medium  /  Guinea-Bissau – Updated Travel Advice


22.06.19 Guinea-Bissau Updated Travel Advice

On 20 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Guinea-Bissau, which reads in part as follows: "Guinea-Bissau suffers from political instability. On 18 June 2019, José Mário Vaz, President of Guinea-Bissau, announced his intention to hold Presidential elections on 24 November 2019. In the run up to the elections, there may be an increase in protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings, which you should avoid. In the event of any political unrest you should follow the advice of local authorities."

21.06.19  /  Medium  /  China – Protest to be Held


21.06.19 China Protest to be Held

On 20 June 2019, activists in Hong Kong announced plans to hold a protest outside the Legislative Council Complex starting at 0700 local time on 21 June (2300 UTC on 20 June). The protest will take place after the government failed to meet the activists’ four demands, including: the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, the start of an investigation into police brutality following violence on 12 June, the retraction of the government’s claim of the 12 June protests as a “riot” and the elimination of all charges against arrested protesters. The expected turnout remains unknown. Travelers should anticipate transportation disruptions in the Admiralty area of Central District, where the Legislative Council Complex is located.

21.06.19  /  High  /  Honduras – Protests Intensify


21.06.19 Honduras Protests Intensify

Late on 19 June 2019, nationwide protests in Honduras intensified after members of the National Directorate of Special Forces (DNFE) went on strike to demand better pay. The riot police officers’ withdrawal encouraged protesters to block roads and set fire to tires in the cities of Comayagua, Danlí, El Progreso, La Lima, Santa Bárbara and Santa Rosa de Copán, among others, resulting in widespread traffic congestion. In Tegucigalpa, protesters also looted and set fire to businesses. Military police officers and soldiers later deployed to bring the situation under control. There were no reports of injuries.

21.06.19  /  High  /  Tanzania – Security Alert


21.06.19 Tanzania Security Alert

On 19 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: "Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania "Event: Possible Attacks in Expat Areas of Dar es Salaam – There are rumors of impending attacks in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam, at the Serena Hotel, and Slipway Shopping Center on the Msasani Peninsula. The Embassy has no substantiating evidence of the threat or information on the timing."
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