09/20/2012 : Potential Demonstration in Comoros
Security Message for U.S. Citizens– Potential Demonstration in Comoros
U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar
September 20, 2012
The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to reports that demonstrations or protests may occur in Moroni, in the Union of the Comoros, on Friday, September 21, to protest the recent dissemination of anti-Islamic material on the internet and in the media. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the downtown area, especially diplomatic and foreign compounds, during this time.
We encourage U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant during this period. We continue to recommend that you avoid large gatherings and demonstrations. Check local news services for the latest information on events.
We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly and, without much advance warning, turn confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid crowds, political gatherings, and street demonstrations, even if they appear to be peaceful, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations or apparent fighting. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
You can obtain Embassy updates by checking the website of the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
All U.S. citizens in the Comoros are urged to register online at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Comoros and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.
There is no American Embassy in the Union of the Comoros. The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo has jurisdiction over the Union of the Comoros and may be contacted by any residents or travelers either in or planning to travel there:
Lot 27 A Point Liberty
Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone:  (20) 23-480-00 (available 24 hours in case of emergency)
Fax:  (20) 23-480-35
Web site is http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov/