PT Global Security Report for Week 35, 2016

Our world is becoming a dangerous place and as Perpetual Travellers, we need to be on top of security alerts and potential dangers - who knows it could save your life one day or at the very least avoid a great deal of time and hassle.

Here below is the PT Global Security Report for Week 35, 2016 and remember the immportal words of W. G, Hill, the most dangerous place is where you are right now!

28 August

Kenya: Major roads closed across Nairobi
All roads leading directly to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi will remain closed throughout 28 August for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which began on 26 August. Road closures include Parliament and Taifa roads, City Hall Way and Wabera, Mama Ngina, Standard street, and areas around the Hilton and Intercontinental hotels. The restrictions are due to end at 1800 hrs local time on 29 August. Approximately 10,000 delegates and 35 heads of state are expected to attend the conference.

29 August

Gabon: Election results increase risk of unrest nationwide

The announcement of the results of the presidential poll held on 27 August increases the likelihood of violent unrest, particularly in opposition strongholds in the west and north as well as in Libreville. President Ali Bongo warned of the potential for unrest during the election period on 1 August and there is a precedent for post-election violence in Gabon. Bongo’s win in 2009 sparked violent demonstrations and rioting in which over six people were killed. The election is expected to be tightly contested after opposition parties formed an alliance, led by Jean Ping, to challenge Bongo.

31 August

Argentina: Government workers to launch three-day protest

Unions and social movements opposed to President Mauricio Macri will begin three days of mass protests, known as the Federal March, in several cities across the country. Demonstrations will begin on 31 August in Jujuy, Mendoza, and Patagonia, and will be followed by protests in Cordoba and Rosario on 1 September. The mobilisations will culminate in a mass protest in Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires on 2 September, during which road closures and disruption to travel around the area are likely.

1 September

Tanzania: Opposition to stage nationwide demonstrations amid tensions
The opposition Chadema movement is due to hold nationwide anti-government protests, raising the likelihood of violent clashes with security forces, particularly in Dar es Salaam and Dodma. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said that the government would take a “zero tolerance” approach to anyone who breached the peace or made inflammatory comments, increasing the prospect of a heavy-handed police response to demonstrations. Authorities banned protests in Tanzania on 7 June after police used tear gas to disperse an opposition rally.

Venezuela: Opposition groups plan to march in Caracas
Opposition groups including the Democratic Unity Roundtable are planning a march in Caracas, which they have said will be “huge” and will only mark the beginning of activities to pressure the authorities to fix a date for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro. The opposition is organising travel for its supporters from across the country to Caracas, where it plans to hold what it claims will be one of the largest protests in the country's history. Meanwhile, Maduro has threatened to crack down on the protests. Recent opposition protests have seen a forceful police response.

2 September

Honduras: Protest in La Esperanza to commemorate murdered activist
The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisation of Honduras (COPINH) will hold a protest in La Esperanza on 2 September calling for justice for the activist Berta Cáceres, who was killed in her home in the city six months ago. The protest will begin at La Gruta at 0730 hrs local time. Previous demonstrations by supporters of Cáceres have seen confrontations between police and protesters.

India: Central trade unions to stage 24-hour nationwide strike over labour laws
At least ten central trade unions will strike for 24 hours across the country over planned changes to labour laws, with nearly 150 mn people expected to participate in the action. The unions are demanding higher minimum wages, government measures to address inflation, equal pay for equal work for contract workers, and the scrapping of plans to disinvest public-sector entities in the banking and coal sectors and increase foreign direct investment in defence and strategic sectors. Public and private sector employees across various industries are expected to participate in the strike, which could cause significant disruption. According to union bodies, only emergency services across sectors such as healthcare and banking will be functional. Transport services could also be disrupted if railway and bus unions decide to participate in the strike.

3 September

Pakistan: PTI to hold protest march in Lahore over Panama leaks probe

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party will hold a march from Gujranwala to Lahore in Punjab province to protest against the lack of progress in investigating the links of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children to offshore accounts revealed in the Panama Papers. PTI chief Imran Khan has accused the government of widespread corruption and said the march was to demand accountability. The march is likely to disrupt traffic and has the potential to attract large crowds. PTI-led anti-government rallies in 2014 attracted tens of thousands of people and caused substantial disruption in several major cities.

UK: Pro-EU march to take place in London
Pro-EU supporters plan to stage a demonstration in London, marching from Park Lane to Parliament Square. The march is being held in opposition to the UK’s planned exit from the EU, following a referendum on the issue in June. There has been no indication of the anticipated size of the protest, but organisers claim that around 50,000 people took part in a previous march over the issue on 2 July.

4 September

Hong Kong: Legislative elections could see civil unrest
People in Hong Kong are set to vote in legislative elections on a day that could see protests after a tense build-up in recent months. Pro-independence activists have held protests that have escalated into violent riots over Beijing’s growing influence in the city, with three police officers injured in clashes with activists in Kowloon on 23 August. Personnel are encouraged to stay away from any large groups of protesters and not engage with riot police who will be concentrated in Admiralty, Central, and Causeway Bay districts.