On 17 February 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Bamako issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Malian Transport Union has called for a countrywide strike on Wednesday, February 17. Unionized transporters (taxis, trucks, Sotrama taxi-vans, motorcycle taxis) will stop working and shopkeepers will be expected to support the strike by closing their businesses. The strike is expected to affect services in Bamako. Tensions may occur between transporters on strike and others refusing to stop working, which may result in violence. Additionally, traffic may be disrupted throughout Bamako.”