The Nigerien government announced on Wednesday, May 16, that universities have reopened in Niamey following the end of a student strike. On Monday, May 14, the Nigerien School Union (USN) reportedly ended its indefinite strike to hold talks with the government. Further protests are possible if negotiations break down between the two sides. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected in the event of the outbreak of related protests.
The USN launched the strike on April 20 after violent clashes broke out between student demonstrators and security forces at the University of Niamey on April 18. Students are demanding that five of their classmates be reinstated after being expelled for allegedly assaulting a professor.
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 protesters throwing rocks and burning tires, especially at key intersections in Niamey.
Individuals in Niamey are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.