Weekly Risk Roundup – Week 33

Headlines From This Week

  • Terror attack in Barcelona – 14 people were killed and dozens wounded after a van intentionally drove into a crowd in the Las Ramblas tourist area of Barcelona, with Islamic State claiming responsibility for the attack. A further five people were shot dead in Cambrils, southwest of Barcelona after another car attack that injured seven. A further incident was also reported in Sant Just Desvern, on Barcelona’s outskirts. So far three people have been arrested, with citizens of 24 countries among those killed or injured.
  • Bolivian Government Approves Controversial Road – Bolivia’s government have approved a controversial highway to run through an area of Amazon biodiversity hotspot and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people. The highway is planned to be 300 km long and will run through the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park, east of the capital La Paz. The planned road had caused widespread protests in 2011.
  • Sierra Leone Mudslide – More than 400 have been reported dead after a hillside collapsed in the Regent area of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. The mudslide occurred after three days of torrential rains. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue attempts are hampered by poor infrastructure and further downpours. • Burkina Faso Terror Attack – 18 people were killed after gunmen attacked a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou. A further 22 were injured. The gunmen are believed to have been Islamic militants from the Sahel region. It seems likely that this restaurant was specifically targeted due to its popularity with foreigners.
  • The Monsoon in South Asia – The monsoon season in the Indian sub-continent continues to have a significant impact. At least 245 people have been killed across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Thousands more have been forced from their homes into temporary accommodation.
  • Charlottesville Violence – Rival protesters from the left and right clashed over the decision to remove a statue honouring a Confederate general who was a leader of the slave-owning South during the US Civil War, in Charlottesville, Virginia. One person was killed and several others injured after a far-right protester drove a car through a crowd of opposing protesters in what has been described as a domestic terror incident. President Trump’s response has been widely and globally criticised, with further clashes involving white nationalists possible across the country.

What To Look Out For Next Week

  • Anti-Islam Protest in Vancouver – Far-right protesters are due to descend on Vancouver’s City Hall on 19 August. The rally will begin at 1400 hrs local time and is expected to be met by counter-protestors. There are fears that this event may incite the same levels of violence seen at the Charlottesville rally in North Carolina, United States on 12 August. Travellers should avoid this area.
  • Angola Elections – On 23 August, Angolans will elect a new President to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos. It is widely expected that dos Santos’s ruling Party – the MPLA – will maintain control of governance of the country. The freedom and transparency of the election has been criticised.
  • Boston Protests – Right wing “Boston Free Speech Rally” and a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest are both due to occur in downtown Boston on 19 August. The BLM protest is due to begin at 1000 hrs at Reggie Lewis Athletic Center before heading towards Boston Common where the opposing protest is due to take place. Thousands are expected to attend; travellers should avoid the protest areas.
  • Southeast Asia Games – 11 countries will compete in the 29th Southeast Asia games between 19 and 30 August in Malaysia. Travellers can expect security measures to be enhanced for this period and certain travel delays in Kuala Lumpur during this time.

Significant Dates & Events

  • 19 August – 10 September – Vuelta a Espana cycling race
  • 19 August – Afghanistan Independence Day
  • 22 August – CGT Union in Argentina plan protest.
  • 22 August – Union Bank employees in India plan to strike.
  • 23-26 August – SATA Air Açores and Air Azores cabin crew plan strike.
  • 24 August – Ukraine Independence Day.
  • 24-25 August – Portuguese Immigration officers plan strike.
  • 25 August – Uruguay Independence Day.
  • 26 August – Opposition group to protest in Moscow, Russia

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