Several civil society groups, political groups, and unions are planning a protest in Paris on Thursday, October 17, to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the deaths of protesters during pro-Algerian independence demonstrations in 1961. Participants plan to gather at 18:00 (local time) at Pont Saint-Michel.
A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions are expected near the protest site.
On October 17, 1961, several thousand protesters gathered peacefully in Paris to demand Algerian independence from France. French police fired live ammunition at the demonstrators and later officially acknowledge the deaths of at least 40 protesters. Civil society groups, political groups, and unions continue to demand that the French state recognize and denounce its complicity in the shootings, as well as other crimes during the Algerian war.
Individuals in Paris are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and anticipate power outages and transportation and business disruptions.
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