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Niger: University classes resume in Niamey /update 1

University classes resume in Niamey April 16; further strikes possible

18 Apr 11:52 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/18/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/23/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Niamey
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Event

Classes at the University of Niamey resumed on Monday, April 16, after two months of strikes, observed first by professors and then by students. Security forces deployed to the university campus have been recalled. According to a student union spokesperson, the strike was suspended to allow for negotiations with the government. However, the strike is likely to resume if negotiations with the government do not prove successful.

Context

Professors at the University of Niamey launched an indefinite strike on February 20 in protest of an assault on several professors by members of the Commission des Affaires sociales et de l'Ordre (CASO), a campus security force composed of university students. Teachers ended their strike on March 17, after the five perpetrators were expelled from the school. This strike was then followed by a student strike called for to denounce the dismissal of the five students, as well as to demand the payment of student scholarships.

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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