Violent clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Niamey on the morning of Sunday, October 29. More than 1,000 people had gathered at Toumo to protest the 2018 state budget. Clashes reportedly broke out when a group of demonstrators attempted to walk towards Concertation Square, in the direction of Parliament, when police intervened.
Unrest is being reported in the Nouveau Marché and in Lacouroussou areas. Police are expected to continue to be present at the scene and have reportedly used tear gas to disperse crowds during previous protests. Localized traffic disruptions are possible.
Niger frequently experiences violent demonstrations. Both large and small street demonstrations occur regularly, often near government buildings, university campuses, or public parks. Many demonstrations have involved rock throwing and tire burning, especially at key intersections in Niamey.
Individuals in Niamey are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid Toumo, Nouvea Marché, Lacouroussou , and the surrounding areas. It is advised that individuals avoid all public gatherings and any further protests as violence may flare up without warning.
As a reminder, many Western governments advise their citizens against nonessential travel to southern Niger (including the capital Niamey) as well as all travel to the north, areas along the Nigerian border, and the Diffa region (Lake Chad area) due to a high risk of terrorist activity. Visitors throughout the country should be on guard when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted in an attack (government installations, prominent hotels, etc.) and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.