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Niger: Nationwide demonstrations June 5

Civil society activists to hold nationwide demonstrations June 5; avoid all protests and anticipate transportation disruptions

05 Jun 08:07 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 6/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 6/6/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Niger

Event

Civil society activists have called for nationwide demonstrations to be held on Tuesday, June 5, to protest new taxes implemented under the 2018 Finance Act (budget) and to demand the release of activists arrested in related protests. The gatherings were expected to start at 08:00 (local time). The largest demonstrations will be held in the capital Niamey, where traditional gathering points include the Place Toumo and the Place de la Concertation. 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, March, and April 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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