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04 Aug 2019 | 07:43 PM UTC

Malawi: Nationwide protests expected on August 6 /update 18

Malawi News Alert

Civil society organizations to stage nationwide protests August 6, with rallies planned in Mzuzu City, Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Zomba; heightened security presence and traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/7/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Blantyre). COUNTRY/REGION Malawi, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Blantyre, Zomba

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Event

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) and other civil society groups are slated to stage nationwide demonstrations on Tuesday, August 6. Rallies are expected to take place in Mzuz City, the capital Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Zomba. The marches are being held under the banner “One Million March” to demand the resignation of the Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah. HRDC leaders have vowed to continue protesting until Ansah resigns. 

Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated around any protest sites. Previous rallies have resulted in clashes between protesters and security forces or rival political supporters; such violence is possible during Tuesday's demonstrations.

Context

Election-related demonstrations organized by opposition supporters have been held since May 26 after voting irregularities were reported during the May 21 general elections. Protesters have notably criticized Ansah and called for her resignation after she was accused of mishandling the presidential elections. 

Advice

Individuals in Malawi are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and avoid all protests and public gatherings.

 

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