Worldview Security Report – February 28. 2019
28-Feb-19

AMERICAS

Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On 28 February 2019, dozens of former Coca-Cola FEMSA company employees gathered in Buenos Aires at the Callao and Corrientes intersection to protest against the alleged discriminatory dismissal of approximately 20 workers. Riot police used pepper spray and shields to clear demonstrators when they blocked traffic on Corrientes street. Several of the demosntrators were injured. There were no reports of arrests.

ASIA

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 28 February 2019, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority issued an updated Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) announcing the extension of the current airspace closure until 1800 local time (1300 UTC) on 1 March. The closure was originally set to expire at 0959 local time on 1 March. Travelers who are planning to visit Pakistan, or whose flights cross over Pakistan, should check with their airlines to determine flight status.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 5): On 27 February 2019, armed assailants set fire to an Ebola treatment center in the city of Butembo, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. The mayor of Butembo stated that the assailants destroyed the center’s tents and equipment. There were no reports of injuries. The attack comes after assailants targeted a treatment center in nearby Katwa on 24-25 February, forcing doctors at that facility to suspend services. Several attacks have targeted Ebola treatment centers and teams in recent months due to community distrust of Ebola treatment teams.

Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On 27 February 2019, hundreds of youths armed with machetes, knives and bottles blocked traffic on the Lagos-Badagry Highway as they marched from Alaba Rago to Okokomaiko in Lagos state to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. Upon arrival in Okokomaiko — located approximately 30 km (20 mi) southwest of the city of Lagos — the participants attacked traders and vandalized their shops in order to “punish” them for not voting for Buhari. A number of businesses closed as a result of the violence. There were reports of clashes as police officers intervened both on the Lagos-Badagry Highway and near the Okokomaiko police headquarters; unconfirmed reports indicate that at least two people were killed, including one police officer. At least 37 youths were arrested following the violence.

Meanwhile, in the Lagos suburb of Yaba, a gunman fired into a crowd that was celebrating Buhari’s re-election, killing one person. Police officers are searching for the gunman. The U.S. Embassy in Abuja also reported that election-related demonstrations and clashes occured in Abuja and the surrounding areas, but additional details regarding these events are not available.




GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Guinea-Bissau (Security threat level – 4): On 27 February 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued updated travel advice for Guinea-Bissau, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Reconsider travel to Guinea-Bissau due to elections, crime, and civil unrest.
  • “Legislative elections in Guinea-Bissau are scheduled for March 10, 2019. The election date may be subject to change. The risk of violence is heightened during election periods, and in recent elections, some election-related demonstrations have resulted in violence. The Bissau-Guinean government may impose travel restrictions as the elections approach, sometimes without notice, which may affect travel plans. Expect additional police and military checkpoints and possible road blocks throughout the country during elections. Regular road travel is prohibited on election day, and stores will be closed.
  • “Violent crime is common in Guinea-Bissau. Aggressive vendors, panhandlers, and occasionally criminals target foreigners at the Bissau airport and other crowded areas, especially Bandim Market in the center of the capital. Local police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
  • “The country has been beset by chronic political and institutional dysfunction for decades, and there is the potential for violence.
  • “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens because there is no U.S. Embassy in Guinea-Bissau.”

  • Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.