Worldview Security Update – June 5, 2019
5-Jun-19

EUROPE

Czech Republic (Security threat level – 2): On 4 June 2019, approximately 120,000 people participated in an anti-government demonstration in Wenceslas Square in Prague, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Protest organizers accused Babis of illegally receiving EU subsidies through his businesses and claimed that Babis’ newly appointed justice minister will interfere with the ongoing corruption investigation. The demonstration is one of the largest since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Protest leaders have planned another demonstration on 23 June if Babis does not resign from the premiership.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Uganda (Security threat level – 4): Overnight on 4-5 June 2019, heavy rains triggered three landslides on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Uganda’s eastern Bududa district, located near the Kenyan border. Search and rescue operations are ongoing and authorities have urged individuals in vulnerable areas to evacuate and seek shelter in more secure grounds. The event destroyed the residences of at least 30 families in several nearby villages. In addition, at least six people were killed and 17 others were injured; dozens remain missing. At least 100,000 people living in the landslide-prone area require relocation, according to government officials. Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the week.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Egypt (Security threat level – 4): On 4 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Location: Egypt
  • “Event: Given ongoing security concerns, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens resident or traveling in Egypt of our standing recommendation to exercise increased caution due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt and may attack with little or no warning. U.S. citizens are encouraged to stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.”
  • Ireland (Security threat level – 2): On 4 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

  • “Reports indicate that a number of potentially large demonstrations are planned during the upcoming visit of President Trump to Ireland this week.
  • “Three demonstrations are scheduled on Wednesday, June 5, 2019:

  • “Location 1: Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  • “Event 1: Reports indicate a demonstration is scheduled to begin at 1 pm at Leinster House. The demonstration is organized by the Green Party.
  • “Location 2: The Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • “Event 2: Reports indicate a second demonstration is scheduled to begin at 6 pm at the Spire on O’Connell Street. The demonstration is organized by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
  • “Location 3: U.S. Embassy Dublin, 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  • “Event 3: Reports indicate a third demonstration is scheduled to begin at 6 pm at the U.S. Embassy Dublin. The demonstration, ‘Vigil against Trump’s Visit’ is organized by PANA and the Venezuela Ireland Network.
  • “On Thursday, June 6, a fourth demonstration is planned:
  • “Location 4: The Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • “Event 4: Reports indicate a fourth demonstration will begin at 6 pm at the Spire on O’Connell Street. The demonstration is being organized by the ‘Stop Trump Ireland’ group.
  • “The exact duration of the demonstrations and number of participants are unknown.”
  • 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.