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Zimbabwe Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jan 24, 2002

U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Zimbabwe should be aware of continuing conditions that could adversely affect their personal security in the period preceding, during, and possibly immediately after, the presidential election scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2002. These conditions include ongoing incidents of land seizures, militia roadblocks, and political violence and intimidation in both urban and rural areas.

The government of Zimbabwe has passed the Public Order and Security Bill, which makes it an offense to "undermine the authority of the President" or "engender hostility" towards him. This includes speaking negatively of the President in public. The bill also bars individuals from speaking negatively of the police.

American citizens should exercise caution when traveling anywhere in Zimbabwe and are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Harare. Additionally, American citizens should avoid public demonstrations or large gatherings and refrain from taking pictures or videos of political rallies. American citizens should consider postponement of non-essential travel to Zimbabwe until at least March 31, 2002.

For additional information on travel to Zimbabwe, as well as the location of the U.S. Embassy in Harare, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Zimbabwe, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.

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