Garment workers in Bangladesh continue to protest in Gazipur district, 16 miles north of the capital Dhaka, demanding an increase in minimum wages. These protests resulted in violent clashes with the police. Therefore, the US Embassy in Dhaka has advised US citizens to avoid the Gazipur area to avoid the risk.
This was stated in a statement published on the website of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
As Bangladesh’s next national elections are expected to be held sometime in January 2024, political party rallies, demonstrations, strikes (hartals), blockades and other election-related activities are likely to occur with increasing frequency and intensity, the statement said. US citizens should be vigilant and remember that peaceful protests can turn into confrontations and violence.’
It is also said that protests can happen without any warning. Avoid demonstrations and be careful around large gatherings. Review personal safety plans, be aware of your surroundings, including local events. Keep an eye on local media for updates on this.
The embassy said U.S. citizens abroad should exercise caution due to heightened tensions around the world and the possibility of terrorist attacks, protests, or acts of violence against U.S. citizens and interests.
US government employees in Bangladesh are staying here under strict security guidelines. The travel ban may be extended in this situation of protests and civil unrest. For example, this means restricting non-essential travel to the diplomatic zone and areas around Baridhara, Gulshan and Banani. This travel ban may limit the US government’s ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Bangladesh.
US citizens traveling abroad are also advised to regularly follow the Department of State’s website at travel.state.gov for the latest security information.
US citizens are advised to carry travel documents. As a result, besides providing special security to the registered citizens, it is also possible to provide assistance to their families and friends in case of emergency, the statement said.