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Demonstration Notice

Demonstration Notice & Crime Awareness for U.S. Citizens - March 12, 2012

On Monday, March 12, 2012, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led alliance will hold a rally in Dhaka, in front of BNP headquarters (28 VIP Road, Naya Paltan, Dhaka-1000). U.S.  citizens are advised to avoid the surrounding area. This will be a huge event with members from all over the country arriving in Dhaka to participate in this rally.

We remind U.S.  citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S.  citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  Be alert and aware at all times - in addition to possible violence, large crowds attract pick-pocketing. All individuals are reminded to carry their mobile phones with them at all times. Finally, U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Remember, Dhaka is a high crime environment, as rated by the U.S. Department of State.  The recent shooting death of a foreign diplomat in the diplomatic enclave underscores this risk.  Most incidents occur after dark, to include early evening, or in the early morning hours when vehicle and pedestrian traffic is reduced.  Common sense crime prevention and personal responsibility can mitigate, if not totally prevent, becoming a victim of crime. 

We advise all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary travel throughout the country. 

The U.S. Embassy will be open for business on March 12.  The Embassy’s regular work week is Sunday-Thursday, 08:00-16:30 hours.  Emergency American Citizens Services are available at all times.  The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka is located at Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka, Bangladesh 1212, and by telephone at (88) (02) 885-5500 during regular hours and for after-hours emergencies.  For after-hours emergency services please press “0” and ask for the duty officer.

U.S. citizens resident or traveling in Bangladesh are urged to enroll with the U.S. Embassy via the Department of State's on-line enrollment service through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Travel enrollment allows the Department of State to contact its citizens in the event of an emergency and to provide up-to-date safety and security information.  Enrollees wishing to receive such information must provide an e-mail address with their enrollment.  All enrollees are urged to provide complete contact information and a departure date when signing up on-line.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and Country Specific Information can be found.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling 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).

Please monitor the local media for updates. English language local news is available on the following channels at the following times: 
BTV - 10:00am, 4:00pm, 10:00pm & 11:30pm
Bangla Vision – 6:00pm
Diganta – 8:30pm

American Citizens Services
U.S. Embassy
Dhaka, Bangladesh