ALERT: US GOVERNMENT JUST ISSUED EMERGENCY WARNING TO ALL AMERICANS

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The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe sent an emergency notice urging American citizens to “shelter in place” early Wednesday as troops were seen in the streets of the capital amid rising political turmoil surrounding the country’s 93-year-old president, Robert Mugabe, Fox News reports.

The message from the embassy in Harare cited “ongoing political uncertainty through the night” and added the embassy would be closed to the public on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported that three explosions were heard near the University of Zimbabwe campus while armed soldiers assaulted passers-by in the early morning hours. Other soldiers were seen loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles.

As a result of the ongoing political uncertainty through the night, the Ambassador has instructed all employees to remain home tomorrow.

U.S. government personnel have been instructed to shelter in their residences tonight and work remotely from home on November 15. The embassy will be minimally staffed and closed to the public. 

U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe are encouraged to shelter in place until further notice.   Please monitor news and embassy notifications.

In case of emergency involving U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens should call Consul Amy Diaz at +263 772 102 179.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. 

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Zimbabwe Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, located at 172 Chitepo, at + 263 04 250 593. 8:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +263 772 560 487.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

On Tuesday night the ruling party issued a statement accusing the army commander of “treasonable conduct,” saying his comments were “clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability” and were “meant to incite insurrection.” It was not clear whether the commander still had his post,  Fox News reports.

State broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation read out part of the ruling party statement late in the nightly news, which was led by a report on regional tourism.

The army spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

“Yes, given the past two weeks’ political events, it is tempting to speculate that there is a connection between the deployment of military personnel and the comments of the army chief of staff on an ‘intervention’ – but there are very real dangers of violence breaking out as a result of rampant and unfounded speculation,” African Defence Review analyst Conway Waddington wrote Tuesday evening, saying there appeared to be no other signs of an “organized coup” and that it could have been an act of intimidation instead.

Mugabe in the past has warned military commanders from interfering in succession politics. “Politics shall always lead the gun, and not the gun politics. Otherwise it will be a coup,” he told supporters in July.

Frustration has been growing in once-prosperous Zimbabwe as the economy collapses under Mugabe. The country was shaken last year by the biggest anti-government protests in a decade, and a once-loyal war veterans association turned on the president, calling him “dictatorial” and blaming him for the economic crisis.

Myself? I’ll stay right here totally stockpiled with everything I need to survive for at least a year.

F Zimbabwe.

F liberals.

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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