Security forces arrested a number of militants of the Dynamique Unitaire union who staged a protest in Libreville on Tuesday, August 28, to warn against recently proposed austerity measures. The march was previously banned by the government. Further related protests are possible in the coming days to condemn the arrests.
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.
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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