Zinder will host national Republic Day festivities (Fête du Republique) from Saturday, December 15, to Friday, December 20. Large crowds and an increased security presence are likely during the events. Transportation disruptions are possible, particularly along roads leading into the city.
Republic Day, celebrated on December 18, marks the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Niger before it gained full independence from France. Since 2005, it has been celebrated as a national holiday with festivities being held at regional capitals. Celebrations include youth, sports, art, and music festivals and competitions.
Individuals in Zinder are advised to exercise vigilance when visiting areas deemed particularly likely to be targeted in a terrorist attack (e.g. festival locations, government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.), anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. Many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to areas located in the north and west of the country, including areas along the border with Burkina Faso, as well as areas along the Nigerian border to the south, due to the high risk of terrorist activity.
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