Students are holding a demonstration in Algiers as of Tuesday, October 15, for the 34th consecutive week of anti-government protests. Protesters reportedly gathered at Place des Martyrs in the morning (local time) before heading to downtown Algiers. A heightened security presence has been reported along the march route.
Associated protests are possible in other urban centers across the country. Heightened security measures are likely across the country, and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
On Sunday, September 15, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections will be held on December 12, following months of political tensions in Algeria, sparked by former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have continued to hold demonstrations. Presidential elections previously set for July 4 were called off by the Algerian Constitutional Council after the only two candidates were rejected.
Demonstrators are denouncing the government's decision to hold presidential elections on December 12, and are demanding fundamental changes in political leadership before any election is held. Protesters also called for the release of political activists.
Individuals in Algeria, and particularly in Algiers, are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions around protest sites.
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