ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Ghana (Security threat level – 3): On 28 June 2022, police officers fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons at “Arise Ghana” protest marchers who attempted to diverge from the officially sanctioned protest route in the capital Accra. Authorities arrested at least 29 protesters for attacking police officers patrolling the perimeters of the march. At least 12 police officers were injured and several police vehicles were damaged. The Arise Ghana demonstration was staged to protest rising fuel prices, taxes on electronic payments and the government’s handling of the country’s recent economic downturn.
Aruba / Saba (BES Islands) / Colombia / Curacao / Venezuela (Security threat levels – 1 / 4 / 5): As of 0800 local time (1200 UTC) on 29 June 2022, Potential Tropical Cyclone Two was located approximately 300 km (185 mi) east-southeast of the island of Curaçao and about 565 km east of Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula and was moving at a speed of approximately 48 kph (30 mph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). At that point, it had maximum sustained winds of 40 kph. It is expected develop into a tropical storm within the next two days. The storm’s path is projected to track near the southern Caribbean Sea and the northern coast of Venezuela on 29 June, pass near Colombia’s Guajira Peninsula on 30 June, then cross the southwestern Caribbean Sea on 1 July. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, as well as for the Venezuelan islands of Margarita, Coche and Cubagua, and from the coastal areas located between the town of Santa Marta, Colombia, to Venezuela’s Paraguana Peninsula. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect in Venezuela for the coastal areas between the towns of Pedernales and Cumana. Localized flash flooding may occur in the affected areas.
Austria (Security threat level – 2): On 29 June 2022, heavy rainfall caused the Pöllinger Bach and Treffner Bach rivers to flood in several locations and cut off villages in the central portion of the southern state of Carinthia. Flooding trapped residents, damaged buildings and covered roads in the village of Treffen. The body of an 82-year-old man was found in a flooded creek and several people remain missing. Additional flooding occurred in the villages of Afritz, Äussere Einöde, Klamm, Töbring and Winklern. Authorities have urged residents throughout the area to remain inside their homes, and in some cases, to relocate to a second floor — if possible — and await assistance.
Ecuador (Security threat level – 2): On 29 June 2022, President Guillermo Lasso survived an impeachment motion brought against him in the National Assembly after opposition parties failed to garner the 92-vote minimum required for removal from office. The final vote count had 80 legislators voting in favor of impeachment, 48 against, while nine members of the assembly abstained from the vote. The impeachment session lasted approximately 12 hours and included three attempts to complete the voting process after several postponements. The Revolución Ciudadana coalition – the National Assembly’s largest coalition with 48 seats – led the impeachment movement, with the intent of dismissing Lasso due to the unrest caused by weeks of protests over the country’s deteriorating economic situation. Lasso later stated that he will not engage in further negotiations with indigenous protest leaders.
Costa Rica (Security threat level – 3): On 29 June 2022, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Costa Rica, which reads in part as follows: “Tropical Storm Bonnie is likely to form and has the potential to reach the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica from the evening of Friday 1st July 2022 and could bring hazardous sea and weather conditions. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and the US National Hurricane Centre. Follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.”
Georgia (Security threat level – 2): On 28 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi issued a Security Alert regarding the possibility of violence during counterdemonstrations staged during Tbilisi Pride Week events, which reads in part as follows: “Tbilisi Pride and other LGBTQI+ NGOs and supporters will hold several Pride Week events from June 28, 2022 through July 3, 2022 around the city of Tbilisi. Numerous road closures and police checkpoints are expected to be in place, making travel around the city difficult near these venues, which include Khidi Club on June 28, the Sheraton Hotel on June 30, and Mezisumzira Park July 2-3. Expect a heavy police presence around and in metro stations and police patrols around the venues. There is a high likelihood of violent confrontations aimed at disrupting Pride Week events. Far-right groups have expressed a desire to disrupt these events by conducting counterdemonstrations. These same groups carried out acts of violence last year at similar events, culminating in a day of violence on July 5, 2021, in which roving flash mobs destroyed property, attacked journalists, fought with police, and attacked people they suspected of being from the LGBTQI+ community.”
Peru (Security threat level – 3): On 28 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Lima issued a Demonstration Alert regarding an ongoing nationwide general transportation strike, which reads in part as follows: “An indefinite transportation strike is in effect in multiple locations across Peru and may last for several days. Travelers may encounter roadblocks and demonstrators in Tacna and Arequipa, including the Colca Valley, and should be prepared for the strike to expand into other parts of the country, including Lima, Junin, Ancash, Ica, Piura, Cusco, and Puno. Please be advised that the highway between Arequipa and Lima is currently disrupted, and as a result, the bus terminal in the city of Arequipa is not selling tickets to Lima at this time.”
Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 3): On 28 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo issued a Demonstration Alert regarding upcoming countrywide vehicle protests on 29 June, which reads in part as follows: “Calls for a country-wide ‘vehicle protest’ on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM have been widely circulated on social media. The protest effort calls for all vehicles to stop in place along roads, blocking traffic, for the five-hour period. Although organizers request emergency vehicles be allowed to pass, the collective action will likely cause road congestion.”