The U.S. Embassy in Maseru informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, June 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The demonstration is expected to commence at the Convention Center and end at the Moshoeshoe I statue. At this time, the embassy does not have any specific information regarding road closures or detours; however heavy vehicular traffic is expected to create delays and congestion along the roadways from the Convention Center to the areas surrounding the statue of Moshoeshoe I. The Lesotho Mounted Police Service and other security personnel are expected to be present at the Convention Center and along the route of the march.
The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens in Lesotho to be mindful of their surroundings as even peaceful gatherings can quickly become confrontational and escalate into violence. Citizens are advised to avoid demonstrations and exercise caution near gatherings, protests, and demonstrations. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Warnings.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Maseru, located at 254 Kingsway Avenue
Maseru, Lesotho at +266 2231-2666, 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Monday – Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+266) 5888-4035231 (0)77-677-7000.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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