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Weekly security briefing – 20 to 26 January 2020

Every Monday morning, the Anticip-Risk&Co Group produces a security briefing, reporting and analysing major world events.

This weekly security briefing is specifically intended for business travellers and their supervisors, so that they can anticipate the main risks in their areas of operations. The briefing also offers advice on the right behaviors to adopt.


  1. AZERBAIJAN : “Black January” Celebrations

Several events (conferences, meetings, presentations) will be taking place on January 20th, 2020 in the country’s major cities, as part of the celebrations of the “Black January” events.

The largest gathering should take place on the Martyrs Alley in Baku, starting at 12pm local time (08pm UTC).

These events will be held to pay tribute to the victims of the clashes between the Soviet armed forces and the Azeris on January 20th, 1990.


  1. UNITED STATES : Martin Luther King’s Day 

Government building closures and disruptions are expected on January 20th, 2020, in several American cities (Atlanta, New York and Washington DC), on the occasion of Martin Luther King’s Day celebration, a bank holiday in the United States.

Parades, marches and other commemorative events are planned for this day.


  1. BANGLADESH : Dhaka – Pre-election tensions

Pre-electoral tensions could arise in Dhaka, until late January 2020.

Student and religious groups calling for the postponement of Dhaka’s City Council elections could potentially initiate protests during this period.


  1. ISRAËLJerusalem – 5th World Shoah Forum

High alert levels are to be expected, from 20 January to 24th January, 2020, on the occasion of the 5th World Shoah Forum.

More than 40 heads of state will take part in this forum, which will coincide with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Business travellers are encouraged to anticipate strengthened security measures and transportation disruptions around the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and near the official residence of President Reuven Rivlin, in Talbiya district.


  1. CHINA : Beijing – Chinese New Year celebration

Travels are expected to greatly increase between January 25th and February 8th, 2020, in China, as the country celebrates its Chinese New Year.

Business travellers are encouraged to anticipate increased demand for transportation and accommodation services across China in the coming weeks.

Strengthened security measures and increased traffic disruptions are also expected throughout the entire duration of the festivities.


  1. INDIA : Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore – National Holiday Celebration 

Major disruptions and travel restrictions are expected on the occasion of the National Indian Day celebration on January 26th, 2020, due to the organisation of festivities in the cities of Mumbai and New Delhi.

Business travellers are encouraged to remain vigilant.


  1. COMOROS : Moroni – Risk of pre-electoral tensions

Political rallies are expected, following the parliamentary elections of January 19th, 2020. The second round will take place on February 23th, 2020.

Tensions could be more important on the island of Anjouan, especially in the city of Mutsamudu, and in the capital Moroni (island of Greater Comoros).

Business travellers are encouraged to be more vigilant and follow local authorities’ advices in the coming days.


  1. BOLIVIA : La Paz – Events of 22 January, celebration of former Bolivian President Evo Morales’ arrival in power

Increased presence of security forces and restrictions on travel are expected until January 22th, 2020, on the occasion of the “plurinational state” holiday established by Evo Morales.

Up to 70,000 police and military officers are to be deployed to patrol the streets, in order to prevent and reduce the risk of unrest.

Business travellers are advised to be more vigilant.


  1. EGYPT : Cairo – Demonstrations against President Al-Sissi

Opposition activist, Mohamed Ali, called on his supporters to gather across the country on January 25th, 2020, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 2011 revolution’s anniversary. He demands the resignation of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi.

Security services have strengthened security measures and deployed patrols in the city’s busy areas, including around Tahrir Square, Cairo’s cafés and subway stations.

Travellers are advised to avoid gatherings, as the situation is likely to escalate.


  1. MOZAMBIQUE : Cabo Delgado, Tete, Zambezia – Floods

Travel disruptions are expected to occur in northern Mozambique, in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Tete and Zambezia.

At least six people were killed, meanwhile 8,600 people had to be evacuated as a result of flooding incidents in these regions since December 29th, 2019.

Several roads and bridges are inaccessible and power outages have been reported in Mueda, Muidumbe, Nangade, Mocimboa da Praia and Palma.


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