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26 Jun 2019 | 02:22 AM UTC

Mauritania: Internet blackout imposed beginning June 25 /update 2

Mauritania News Alert

Monitors report near-total internet blackout in Mauritania, including mobile internet, beginning June 25; protests, heightened security presence possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nouakchott). COUNTRY/REGION Mauritania, Nouakchott

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Event

Cyber monitoring NGOs reported a near-total internet blackout in Mauritania beginning on Tuesday, June 25, around 15:30 (local time). An estimated 92 percent of nationwide connectivity has been shut down. Continued telecommunication disruptions are possible in the coming days

The country has been experiencing protests, particularly in the capital Nouakchott, due to allegations of election fraud. Further demonstrations and a heightened security presence are possible in the coming days. Security operations and violence between protesters or opposition groups and security forces are possible.

Context

Mauritania held presidential elections on Saturday, June 22. The ruling party claimed victory with 52 percent of the vote for candidate Mohamed Ould El Gazouani. Opposition groups have denounced the results and alleged electoral fraud.

Advice

Individuals in Mauritania are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from unnecessary movement, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, anticipate telecommunication disruptions and a heightened security presence, maintain redundant modes of communication, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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