Travel risk round-up: 20 June

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Martyr’s Day to be Marked Across Country, Travel Disruption Expected, Eritrea

Eritrea will mark Martyr’s Day to honour those who died in the War for Independence on Wednesday, 20 June, and disruptions to public services and travel are expected. Martyr’s Day is a national holiday to allow citizens to take part in parades and events in urban centres across the country. Disruption to public services, transport, and commerce is expected, and an increased security presence is likely in urban centres.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Though the events are expected to remain peaceful and, travellers in Eritrea should expect localised overland travel disruption and limited access to public services. Travellers should remain vigilant in the vicinity of large crowds due to the potential for opportunistic crime and exposure to crowd disturbances. Monitor local media reports for updates on road closures and travel disruption in your area of operation.

 

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Gajiram, Borno State, Attacked by Suspected Boko Haram Militants, Nigeria

According to emerging social media reports on Monday, 18 June, the town of Gajiram in Borno State has been attacked by militants, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group. The attack on the town, located 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the north of Maiduguri, is reportedly ongoing. No information is currently available regarding casualties. Further information is awaited.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members are advised to avoid the town due to the ongoing attack and security response. Those with operationally critical requirements in Borno state and the wider northeast region should conduct a thorough localised threat assessment and ensure that all travel is undertaken in coordination with local security forces and a trusted private security provider. Security and crisis management procedures should be continually reviewed and updated so as to remain commensurate with the local threat environment. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to security forces.

 

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Police in Athens Use Tear Gas Against Protesters Attempting to Enter Parliament Building, Greece

According to media sources on Saturday, 16 June, Greek police used tear gas in the centre of Athens against the group of protesters who tried to break into the parliament building. Several dozen people protesting against the agreement on the new constitutional name with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia tried to climb up the stairs to the parliament building in Syntagma Square. The rally began shortly before the vote of no confidence in the government of Alexis Tsipras initiated by the leader of the opposition New Democracy party Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Athens are advised to avoid the vicinity of the protest and any other mass gatherings in order to lessen the chances of being exposed to incidental violence, opportunistic crime and heavy-handed law enforcement crowd dispersal techniques. Members should monitor local media for the latest developments on the protests and should review overland travel plans on the days of the protests to ensure that they are not affected.

 

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Service Disruption Expected during SNCB Workers’ Strike in June and July, Belgium

The Autonomous Union of Train Drivers (SACT), the Independent Union of Railway Workers (SIC) and the Metisp-Protect unions which represent workers with the Belgian Rail (SNCB) operator are calling for multiple strikes in June and July. An initial 48-hour strike at 0300hrs (0100 UTC) on Friday, 22 June and a 24-hour strike at 2200hrs (2000 UTC) on Wednesday, 27 June, will be followed by industrial actions on 25-27 June and 2, 4, 6, 9, and 11 July. The strikes come in response to a government proposal which would alter the evaluations of transport staff.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members planning to travel via rail on the aforementioned dates are advised to anticipate significant travel disruption to rail services, and a surge in demand for alternative means of travel during the strikes. Members planning to utilise intercity and international rail services during the strike are advised to contact their travel provider in advance to remain apprised of any developments. Monitor local media reports for further updates.

 

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Rail Workers’ Strike to Disrupt SNCF Rail Services on 17 and 18 June, and 22 and 23 June, France

Travel disruption is expected on Sunday, 17 and Monday, 18 June, as part of continuing strike actions carried out by railway unions amid controversial reforms by the Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (SNCF) state-owned railway company. Travellers should expect significant train delays and cancellations on national and international networks. Strike action will resume on Friday, 22 June and Saturday, 33 June.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members planning to travel via rail on the aforementioned dates are advised to anticipate significant travel disruption to rail services, and a surge in demand for alternative means of travel during the strikes. Members planning to utilise intercity and international rail services during the strike are advised to contact their travel provider in advance to remain apprised of any developments. Monitor local media reports for further updates.

 




 

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