Clashes between security forces and student protesters were reported in Algiers on Friday, April 12. Protesters gathered in the early morning (local time) outside la Grande Poste. Security forces reportedly tried to disperse protesters a first time at 08:00 without success. Reports indicate that police used tear gas and water cannons when they again attempted to disperse protesters around 14:00 on Didouche Mourad Street; however, demonstrations reportedly continued.
Similar clashes between protesters and security forces are possible in the coming hours and days.
Multiple protests have been organized across the country 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 before being postponed by the president. Bouteflika previously stated he would not run for reelection following weeks of protests over his candidacy and ultimately announced his resignation on April 2. Despite Bouteflika's resignation and although a new caretaker government was approved on March 31, demonstrators have vowed to continue protesting until new elections are held.
Individuals in Algeria are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate business and transportation disruptions as well as a heightened security presence near protest sites, refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media,and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home government.
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