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Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 24 June 2019, military police officers clashed with hundreds of student protesters near the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) in eastern Tegucigalpa. The demonstrators blocked traffic along Suyapa Boulevard — the city’s major thoroughfare — and threw stones, Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at security personnel, who deployed tear gas to disperse the protesters. Approximately 40 military police officers at the scene then entered the campus premises and fired live ammunition toward the protesters. At least eight students suffered non-life threatening injuries during the clashes.
Analyst Comment: Protests and strikes against the government-proposed reforms to restructure the health care and education sectors have remained ongoing in Honduras since late May 2019. Students, teachers and health care workers protesting the proposed reforms maintain that the government is attempting to privatize the education and health care sectors and are calling for the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Italy (Security threat level – 3): On 25 June 2019, Transport Company of the Municipality of Rome (ATAC) union members embarked on a 24-hour public transportation strike in Rome. The strike has affected ATAC-operated buses, trams, the metro and light rail services. Trenitalia’s operations — which include the overground train to Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport (LIRF/FCO) — and private transportation services to the airport are operating normally, but officials warned travelers to allow for extra travel time due to delays. Union members are expected to strike between 0830 and 1700 local time (0630-1500 UTC) and between 2000 and 2330 local time, with a temporary strike suspension during the rush hours from 1700-2000 local time. Union leaders called the strike over continued attacks on ATAC employees and hazardous conditions within the underground rail tunnels.
Liberia (Security threat level – 4): On 24 June 2019, riot police officers clashed with protesters in Kingsville Township Number 7, located in rural Montserrado County, approximately 45 km (30 mi) from the capital Monrovia. The demonstrators set up illegal checkpoints and roadblocks along the Monrovia-Kakata highway near the Fifteen Gate Community center and attacked police officers who attempted to remove the barricades; the protesters threw Molotov cocktails at the officers and physically assaulted them. In response, a riot police officer fired live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the crowd. One bystander was killed and two others suffered gunshot wounds; an additional three people also suffered minor injuries during the clashes. The protest actions were organized to demand justice for two local minors who were killed in the community.
Mauritania (Security threat level – 4): On 25 June 2019, reports emerged that Mauritanian authorities shut down mobile internet service throughout the country beginning on 23 June. Authorities have not disclosed information regarding the motive for the shutdown or an expected date for the resumption of services. The shutdown follows ruling party candidate Muhammad Ould Ghazouni’s provisional victory in the presidential elections and subsequent opposition protests.
Afghanistan (Security threat level – 5): On 25 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Netherlands (Security threat level – 2): On 25 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 3): On 24 June 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel advisory for Sri Lanka, which reads in part as follows:
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.