On 8 March 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Dakar issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Local political opposition leaders have called for continued large demonstrations throughout Senegal to from Monday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 10.

“U.S. government personnel are advised to stay at home from 5 p.m. today (Monday) until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 and to exercise caution and limit their movements at other times.

“Recently, several of these protests have escalated into more violent clashes with law enforcement and resulted in the looting of local businesses. As a result, local businesses, including stores and gas stations, may remain closed for the next few days or only open for brief periods.”

The full text of the alert is available here.