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04 Nov 2019 | 01:44 PM UTC

Algeria: Gas workers to strike November 5-7 /update 44

Algeria News Alert

Gas workers call for general strike November 5-7; associated protests likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 12/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algiers, Sonelgaz (Algiers)

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Event

The National Union of Electricity and Gas Workers has called for a general strike from Tuesday, November 5, through Thursday, November 7, in support of the ongoing nationwide anti-government protests.

Associated rallies are possible, particularly in the vicinity of the state company Sonelgaz headquarters in Algiers.

A heightened security presence and associated disruptions (e.g. transportation, commercial, internet service) are to be expected in the vicinity of all protests. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.

Context

On 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.

Advice

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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