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23 Mar 2019 | 11:06 PM UTC

France: Protests in Paris to denounce Algerian president March 24 /update 3

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Protests to denounce Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika planned in Paris March 24; similar protests possible over coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Paris

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Event

Demonstrations to demand that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resign from office immediately are planned in Paris on Sunday, March 24, with protesters expected to gather at Place de la République at 12:00 (local time). The protests come as President Bouteflika continues to stand by his March 11 announcement that he will not run for a fifth term, but will postpone presidential elections, originally planned for April 18. Rallies are also possible outside the Algerian Embassy over the weekend. 

Similar protests are possible in France over the coming days and weeks amid a heightened security presence. Localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near protest sites.

Context

Thousands of people previously demonstrated in Paris, Marseille, and Toulouse, among other cities, to protest Bouteflika's candidacy in recent weeks. 

Regular protests have been organized across Algeria since February 22 in response to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign to be reelected for a fifth term; presidential elections were set for April 18 but were delayed indefinitely on March 11. Bouteflika has been in power since 1999 and is now expected to step down in the coming months.

There is widespread discontent with Bouteflika's economic policies, lack of public appearances following a stroke in 2013, and repression of speech; such frustrations have led to the largest and most extensive anti-government demonstrations in Algeria since the 2011 Arab Spring protests. Public demonstrations in Algeria, banned since 2001, are usually rare and are often met with a heavy security presence. On March 1, at least 183 people were wounded in clashes between protesters and police across the country.

Advice

Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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