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30 Oct 2019 | 10:20 AM UTC

France: Algerian solidarity march in Paris November 1

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Algerian diaspora plans solidarity march in Paris November 1; heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/30/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/3/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Paris, Paris, Place de la Bastille

Event

Members of the Algerian diaspora have called for a march in Paris on Friday, November 1, in solidarity with the ongoing opposition demonstrations in Algeria. Participants plan to gather at 14:00 (local time) at Place de la République, before heading to Place de la Bastille. The march is expected to last until 18:00.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected along the march route.

Context

On Sunday, September 15, Algerian 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. Related protests have been held across France, notably in Paris, in the past few months. 

Advice

Individuals in Paris are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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