Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Maseru, Lesotho

Location:  Kofi Annan Road in the Thetsane Industrial area and Moshoeshoe

Event: Due to unresolved wage disputes, workers who were due to report to work this morning have instead lined the streets leading through to the Thetsane factories.  There have been reports of resumed protesting in the Thetsane Industrial region.  There have been reports of shots fired, burning tires in the road, and one vehicle being vandalized.  There is a military and police presence.  In addition, there have been reports of protestors marching along Moshoeshoe Road towards Kingsway.  At this time, due to the unpredictability of the protests we advise American citizens to go to a safe area, your home or office, whichever is closest until further notice avoiding the Thetsane area and Moshoeshoe Road.

Actions to Take:                  

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.