Weekly security briefing – December 14 to December 20, 2020

Every Monday morning, Risk&Co 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. BAHRAIN: Manama – From December 16th to December 17th – National Day and Martyrs’ Day

Bahrain’s National Day will be celebrated on December 16th and 17th 2020.

The National Day coincides with Martyrs’ Day, celebrated by Shiite opposition groups and commemorating the deaths of two Shiite men who were killed by security forces on December 17th during the 1994 uprising.

Anti-government demonstrations, Shiite opposition movements, and unrest are likely to take place on both days, particularly in Shiite areas outside Manama, such as Al-Aker, Bani Jamra, Abu Saiba, Al-Dair, Al-Markh, Buri, Diraz, Sanabis, Jidhafs, Karbabad, Karranah, Ma’ameer, Malkiya, and Sitra.

Vigilance should be exercised during this period.

2. NEPAL: Urban centres – December 14th – Demonstrations by the main opposition party

National demonstrations, organised by the main opposition party, the Nepali Congress, are scheduled for December 14th, 2020.

Related rallies will be held in all 77 districts.

Demonstrators are likely to block roads, and police may use harsh measures to disperse crowds.

It is advised to avoid rallies.

3. TUNISIA: Tunis/Sfax/Sousse – December 17th – Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the revolution

Several events are expected on December 17th across the country to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution.

In a context marked by repetitive strikes and social discontent, rallies likely to lead to unrest are expected in major cities: Tunis, Sfax and Sousse and in the epicentre of the revolution in Sidi Bouzid.

A reinforcement of security measures and an increase in the level of security alert are also expected.

The country also remains exposed to terrorist threats.

Vigilance and adequate security measures must be taken in case of displacement.

4. ISRAEL, PALESTINE: Jerusalem – From December 10th to December 18th – Hanukkah celebration, increased security

Increased security measures are expected throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories during the Hanukkah holiday from December 10th to December 18th, 2020.

Security forces will probably set up roadblocks and checkpoints at the entrance of major cities and other densely populated areas.

Major traffic disruptions are expected throughout the region.

Anticipate travel disruptions.

5. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bangui – From December 12th to December 25th – Electoral Campaign

The campaign for the general elections on December 27th is scheduled to run from December 12th to December 25th, 2020.

The Constitutional Court’s decision to invalidate several candidates has increased tensions in the country. Former president François Bozize (in office from 2003 to 2013), currently in present his home town of Bossangoa (Ouham prefecture), has been excluded from the presidential elections.

His return to Bangui could possibly cause disorders.

Avoid political gatherings during this period.

6. COTE D’IVOIRE: Abidjan – December 14th – Inauguration of President Ouattara

Strengthening of security measures and travel disruptions are expected around the presidential palace during the inauguration ceremony of President Alassane Ouattara, December 14th, 2020.

The event will take place in the morning with a limited number of participants. However, there is a risk of gathering that could cause unrest.

Comply with the instructions of the local authorities.

7. GUINEA: Conakry – December 14th and 15th – Demonstrations against the investiture of the president

A series of demonstrations are planned for December 14th and 15th to protest against the inauguration of President Alpha Condé’s mandate.

On December 14th, at 9 a.m. (local time), a group of women activists will lead a march to protest against the alleged brutality of the security forces and the imprisonment of several demonstrators.

The demonstration will start at the Bambeto roundabout and continue towards the Belle-Vue heliport. Another rally is planned for December 15th in the Kaloum region.

9. NIGER: Niamey – December 13th and 27th – Municipal and presidential elections

The regional and municipal elections in Niger were scheduled for December 13th, 2020, while the presidential election will be held on December 27th, 2020.

Border closures as well as strengthening of security are expected during this period.

Unrest and violence are also possible before and after the elections.

Avoid any gatherings that could degenerate across the country.

9. LEBANON: Beirut – December 16th – National strike

A national strike, organised by public and private sector workers in Lebanon, is scheduled for December 16th, 2020 to protest against government spending cuts.

Members of the country’s General Union of Workers, which rallies 43 unions and federations, will join a walkout scheduled for the same day.

Security reinforcements and skirmishes with law enforcement agencies are also possible.

10. FRANCE: Nantes – December 15th – Demonstration against the Global Security Law

A rally of activists is planned in front of the Loire-Atlantique prefecture in Nantes from 5.30 pm (4.30 pm UTC) on December 15th, 2020, to denounce the law on global security.

A reinforcement of the security system is planned around the site of the demonstration as well as throughout the country.

Anticipate disturbances around the demonstration site.