On 27 October 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy in Cotonou has received reports that demonstrators plan to march in urban areas throughout Benin, including Cotonou and Porto Novo, on Saturday, October 31, 2020, as part of a national women’s march. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.”