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Niger: Nationwide demonstrations April 8

Opposition groups plan nationwide demonstrations April 8; avoid all protests and anticipate transportation disruptions

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/3/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/8/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Niger

Event

Opposition parties and trade unions have called for nationwide demonstrations to be held on Sunday, April 8, to protest taxes newly implemented under the 2018 Finance Act. The largest protests are expected to be held in the capital city of Niamey. A heightened security presence and traffic disruptions are expected in the vicinity of any demonstrations. Violent 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 Niger 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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