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22.08.19  /  Medium  /  Spain – Domonstration Alert

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22.08.19 Spain Domonstration Alert

Spain (Security threat level - 3): On 20 August 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid issued a Demonstration Alert for the upcoming G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France, which reads in part as follows: “Location: French-Spanish border from Hendaye to Biarritz in France and areas in and around Irun, Spain. “Event: Large demonstrations by the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (yellow vests) and other political activist groups are expected in advance of and during the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France on August 24-26. Demonstrations could turn violent. A large police presence is expected in the region and travelers could experience significant delays crossing the French-Spanish border.”

22.08.19  /  Medium  /  France – Heightened Security Biarritz

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22.08.19 France Heightened Security Biarritz

France (Security threat level - 3): On 20 August 2019, officials announced plans to implement heightened security measures in the southwestern coastal town of Biarritz in advance of and during the G7 Economic Summit, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 August. Authorities will deploy at least 13,200 law enforcement and military officers to secure the Hôtel Palais Biarritz -- the event venue -- and surrounding areas. In addition, officials will ban access to Le Grande Plage beach, where the hotel is located. Authorities will also impose transportation restrictions in Biarritz and surrounding towns from 23-26 August. Commercial flights scheduled to operate through Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (LFBZ/BIQ) from 0700 local time (0500 UTC) on 23 August until 2000 local time on 26 August have been canceled. Additionally, train stations in Biarritz, Bayonne, Boucau, Deux-Jumeaux and Guéthary will be closed from 23-26 August. Meanwhile, authorities have banned demonstrations in Biarritz and neighboring Anglet and Bayonne; demonstrations will be allowed in Hendaye and Irun, which are located approximately 30 km (18 mi) from Biarritz. Despite the increased security measures and bans, activists have announced plans to stage demonstrations over a variety of issues in Bayonne.

22.08.19  /  Medium  /  Jamaica – Travel Advice

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22.08.19 Jamaica Travel Advice

Jamaica (Security threat level - 3): On 21 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 28 October 2019. A State of Emergency is also in place until 5 October 2019 in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston: detailed boundaries are set out by the Government of Jamaica. ”

22.08.19  /  Medium  /  Malawi – Travel Advice

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22.08.19 Malawi Travel Advice

Malawi (Security threat level - 3): On 21 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Malawi, which reads in part as follows: “Civil society groups plan to hold further demonstrations throughout Malawi, including at all entry ports (including Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe) between 26 – 30 August, with the possibility of more disruption and unrest. If you’re in Malawi, avoid large crowds or demonstrations, monitor this travel advice and local media for updates and keep any local and international travel plans under review. You may also wish to stock up on petrol, food and essentials, including any medication, in case normal service provision is disrupted in the short term. Passengers arriving at Malawi’s airports and borders may face disruption and should follow the advice of their airline or airport/border officials.”

21.08.19  /  High  /  China – Assailant Stabs Three People at a Lennon Wall

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21.08.19 China Assailant Stabs Three People at a Lennon Wall

At approximately 0130 local time on 20 August 2019 (1730 UTC on 19 August), an assailant armed with a knife stabbed three people at a “Lennon Wall” -- an area where individuals may anonymously post messages in support of the ongoing anti-government protest movement -- located in Tseung Kwan O in Hong Kong’s Kowloon area. The perpetrator attacked the victims, who were reportedly activists involved in the anti-government movement, following a dispute with them. Two of the victims suffered minor stab wounds, but the third remains in critical condition. Police officers arrested the assailant at approximately 1500 local time. A number of protests are planned in Hong Kong throughout this week, beginning at 0730 local time on 21 August with a non-cooperation movement at Lai King, Kowloon Tong and Fortress Hill Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations. Previous non-cooperation movements caused disruptions to MTR services, and disruptions are possible at the aforementioned MTR stations on 21 August. Additionally, a sit-in is planned at the Yuen Long MTR station between 1900 and 2300 local time to protest against an attack staged by organized crime groups against demonstrators on 21 July. On 22 August students plan to rally from 1500-1930 local time at Edinburg Place in Central. Whether authorities have approved this protest is not currently known, nor is there any information available regarding the expected turnout. On 23 August accountants plan to march from Chater Garden in Central to the Central Government Complex -- which is located approximately 1.5 km (1 mi) to the east -- from 1230-1600 local time. Meanwhile, Christian groups plan to gather at Chater Garden on the same day from 1900-2100 local time. Also on 23 August, protesters plan to form human chains along sidewalks spanning the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong and Island MTR lines beginning at 1900 local time. The lines cross through Hong Kong Island, New Territories and Kowloon. There are unconfirmed reports that demonstrators may seek to conduct a “stress test” of airport traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH/HKG) on 24 August. However, there are no indications that protesters plan to gather at the airport. As a precaution, travelers should allow extra time to reach the airport. On 25 August a protest is planned in Kwun Tong from 1300-1600 local time. The protest route runs from Hoi Bun Road to Kowloon Bay. Organizers stated that they expect approximately 4,000 attendees. A separate rally is planned from Kwai Chung sports ground to Tsuen Wan park, which is located approximately 2.5 km to the northwest, from 1430-2030 local time. Meanwhile, relatives of Hong Kong police officers plan to hold a pro-government rally in Edinburgh Place in Central from 1400-1800 local time. Analyst Comment: Hong Kong authorities have not yet approved several of these events, and at present they should be considered tentatively scheduled. In addition to the aforementioned protests, impromptu demonstrations are also likely to occur in other areas of Hong Kong, and can result in violence. Clashes between protesters and police officers are more likely at spontaneous protests as well as following the conclusion of planned protests at night. Authorities have increasingly shown a willingness to use force, such as firing tear gas, with very little warning. Travelers should avoid all gatherings in Hong Kong as a precaution, and should avoid wearing dark clothing so as not to be confused with protesters.

21.08.19  /  Extreme  /  Burma – Extreme Travel Advice - Myanmar

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21.08.19 Burma Extreme Travel Advice - Myanmar

On 19 August 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Myanmar, which reads in part as follows: “Exercise increased caution in Burma [Myanmar] due to areas of civil unrest and armed conflict. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. “Do not travel to:
  • Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk- U, Ponnagyun, and Rathedaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict
  • Hpakan, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Hpapun township in Kayin State due to civil unrest.
  • Hseni, Hsipaw, Konkyan, Kutkai, Kyaukme, Laukkaing, Matman, Mongmao, Muse, Namphan, Namtu, Pangsang, and Pangwaun townships in Shan State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
“Reconsider travel to:
  • Ann, and Myebon townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
  • Matupi township in Chin State due to civil unrest.
  • Bhamo, Mansi, and Mogaung townships in Kachin State due to civil unrest.
  • Hopang, Mongkaung, Namhsan, Nanhkan townships in Shan State due to civil unrest.
“The following areas of Burma are subject to civil unrest and armed conflict due to fighting between the Burmese military and various ethnic armed groups and militia forces.
  •  Northern Shan State
  •  Parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States
  • The Naga Self-Administered Zone in northern Sagaing Region
“Conflict-affected areas, particularly Northern Shan State and parts of Kachin, Rakhine, and Chin States are subject to land mines and unexploded ordinance. Land mines and unexploded ordnance have injured foreign tourists in conflict affected areas and their locations are often not marked or otherwise identifiable.” The Travel Advisory can be viewed in full here.
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