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Niger: Ville morte protest in Niamey planned April 2 /update 1

Nigerien police arrest 23 people in protest against 2018 budget March 25; ville morte protest scheduled April 2

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/2/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Niamey
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Event

Nigerien police arrested 23 people following a demonstration in Niamey on Sunday, March 25, protesting taxes newly implemented under the 2018 Finance Act. A related ville morte ("dead city") protest is expected in Niamey on Monday, April 2. A heightened security presence and commercial and traffic disruptions are expected during the ville morte protest, and clashes between security forces and protesters are possible.

Context

Anti-budget protests also took place in Niamey and other Nigerien cities in January, February, and March of this year. The 2018 Finance Act stipulates the implementation of inheritance and land taxes and raises taxes on goods and services.

Niger frequently experiences violent demonstrations. Both large and small protests occur regularly, often near government buildings, university campuses, or public parks. Many demonstrations have involved rock throwing and tire burning, especially at key intersections in Niamey.

Advice

Individuals in Niamey are advised to avoid all protests due to the risk of violence and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

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