Expected Political March/Rally

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru informs U.S. citizens that the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) and local media reports indicate that a march and rally will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The LMPS have granted permission for this demonstration, with an anticipated start time of 9:00 a.m. The procession will start from Setsoto Stadium grounds and travel to the statue of King Moshoeshoe I via Kingsway and Cathedral Circle ending with a rally at the statue. The rally is anticipated to continue into the early afternoon on Sunday with an expected end time of 5:00 p.m.

The march and rally are both anticipated to include a large number of supporters. Heavier than normal pedestrian traffic and LMPS presence along both the route and the end of the rally is expected.

The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens in Lesotho to be mindful of your surroundings as even peaceful gatherings can quickly become confrontational and escalate into violence. You should 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.

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