Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Accra advises U.S. citizens that political groups including “Let My Vote Count,” “Alliance for Accountable Governance,” and the “Movement for Democratic Change” plan to hold a demonstration on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Timing of the demonstration and march has not been announced.

The protest march will extend between the Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and the Adabraka Police station, expanding to the Farrisco traffic light past the Accra Polytechnic, and finally converging at the Parliament House and the Electoral Commission. The groups plan to picket at both the Parliament House and the Electoral Commission for the remainder of the day. Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Liberia Road, and parts of the John Evans Atta Mills High Street will be closed to traffic.

As with all large gatherings, there is a potential for increase in crime. The Embassy advises prudence and enhanced security awareness for all large, crowded public events where the risk of pickpocketing is higher. Remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local news stations for updates, and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Ghana.
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  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Accra, located at No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra; mailing address: P.O. Box 194 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana, and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm, and Friday 8:30am-12:30pm.
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