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27 Aug 2018 | 09:14 PM UTC

Gabon: Anti-austerity march in Libreville August 28 /update 3

Gabon News Alert

Anti-austerity march planned in Libreville and other provincial capitals August 28; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/29/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Libreville). COUNTRY/REGION Libreville, Gabon

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Event

Several Gabonese trade unions have organized a march in Libreville on Tuesday, August 28, to protest recently proposed austerity measures. Union officials have also called for related demonstrations to take place in all provincial capitals. In Libreville, participants are expected to gather at 08:00 (local time) at the Rond-Point de la Démocratie and march along Boulevard Triomphal towards the prime minister's office. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected near all demonstration sites.

Context

Trade unions had planned a similar demonstration on August 13, but that event was canceled after being banned by the government due to the risk of violence.

On June 21, the government announced plans for additional austerity measures, including cuts to civil servant salaries, prompting public outcry. Numerous protests and strikes have taken place in Gabon in recent months in response to socioeconomic conditions and the unpopular government austerity policies.

Advice

Individuals in Libreville are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of potential violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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