Political violence in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Clashes are occurring between protesters and police in Brazzaville, Congo’s capital. There have been reports of police firing tear gas and have fired live warning shots. Services for texting, internet and radio have been cut hours ahead of a scheduled opposition rally. Also, public meetings have been banned. Over the weekend, six people were injured in protests in Pointe-Noire.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers should be aware of the political tensions around the October 25th referendum, which would end term limits and age limits for political candidates. If the law passes, the incumbent president would be eligible for a new term. The opposition has called for a campaign of “civil disobedience” beginning today.

To minimize safety risk, avoid any area where there are large public gatherings or rallies. Minimize travel if you are in an area where civil unrest is occurring and remain in a safe place.