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18.06.19  /  High  /  Benin – Tensions Remain High

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18.06.19 Benin Tensions Remain High

As of 17 June 2019, tensions remain high in Savè and Tchaourou following several days of clashes between security forces and protesters over a series of arbitrary arrests allegedly linked to the April parliamentary elections. The most recent incident of violence occurred in Savè on 15 June, when security forces opened fire on protesters who have been blocking the Cotonou-Parakou road since 11 June. At least two civilians were killed and seven others were injured. It is unclear if roadblocks in Savè have been cleared. There have been no reports of violence in Tchaourou since 14 June. Currently, there are three mediators in Tchaourou seeking to negotiate with protesters, but clashes may still occur without notice. Analyst comment: Savè and Tchaourou are strongholds of former President Boni Yayi, who remains under house arrest due to his call to boycott the April parliamentary elections.

18.06.19  /  Medium  /  United Kingdom – Union to Launch 5 Day Strike

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18.06.19 United Kingdom Union to Launch 5 Day Strike

As of 17 June 2019, the U.K.’s Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is expected to launch a five-day strike to demand improved safety standards beginning on 18 June. Union leaders claim South Western Railway (SWR) has failed to fulfill its promise to staff each train with a security guard. SWR stated that the strike will disrupt services, but that trains will still be running. It has advised passengers planning to attend the Royal Ascot horse race over 18-22 June to check details of trains online. The SWR also stated it will continue negotiations with RMT union leaders despite the forthcoming labor action.

15.06.19  /  High  /  Burundi – Health Alert

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15.06.19 Burundi Health Alert

On 13 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued updated travel advice for Burundi, which reads in part as follows: "An outbreak of cholera continues in Burundi. You should take necessary precautions and seek urgent medical attention if you become unwell."

14.06.19  /  Extreme  /  Cameroon – Islamist Militants Attack Several Military Outposts

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14.06.19 Cameroon Islamist Militants Attack Several Military Outposts

On 12 June 2019, authorities reported that at least 300 suspected Islamist militants attacked several Cameroonian military outposts on the island of Darak, located on Lake Chad in northern Cameroon, on 9 June. Security forces and militants exchanged gunfire for several hours; at least 88 people were killed during the exchange, including eight civilians, 16 Cameroonian soldiers and at least 64 suspected militants. Security forces detained at least eight militants and are working to locate other suspects. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram militants based in northeast Nigeria have conducted numerous cross-border raids into Chad and Cameroon in the past. Military sources stated that the latest attack is one of Boko Haram's most deadly attacks in Cameroon in recent years.

13.06.19  /  High  /  Uganda – Ebola Death

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13.06.19 Uganda Ebola Death

On 12 June 2019, heath officials announced the death of a patient who tested positive for Ebola virus in Uganda’s western Kasese district. The patient marks the first transnational Ebola case since health officials declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where 1,400 confirmed and probable Ebola-related deaths have occurred since August 2018. The patient’s sibling and grandmother also tested positive for the virus and are in isolation at the Bwera Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit. On 14 June Uganda’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) will begin vaccinating all persons who came in contact with the Ebola patients and frontline health workers.

12.06.19  /  Extreme  /  Kazakhstan – Almaty Placed on High Alert

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12.06.19 Kazakhstan Almaty Placed on High Alert

On 11 June 2019, police officials announced that police forces in Almaty had been placed on high alert and arrested approximately 200 people in ongoing election-related protests. In addition, a heavy police presence was reported across the city. In a related development, late on 10 June, police officers reportedly disrupted a crowd of approximately 200 opposition protesters who were marching to celebrate the release of a prominent opposition figure following a protest outside the police headquarters. At least one journalist was injured in clashes with police officers, according to local media. Analyst Comment: Large-scale demonstrations to protest the 9 June elections have been ongoing in Kazakhstan since 9 June. Reports indicate that police officers have arrested at least 700 demonstrators thus far. Protests of this scale and intensity are exceedingly rare in the country. Travelers should monitor the situation closely and avoid areas where protests are ongoing.
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