Opposition supporters have called for a demonstration to be held in Niamey on Sunday, March 11, in protest of recent government economic measures. The precise route of the march has not been released as of Wednesday, March 7. Heightened security measures and associated traffic disruptions are expected in the vicinity of any gatherings.
Anti-budget protests also took place in Niamey and other Nigerien cities throughout January and February. The 2018 Finance Act stipulates the implementation of inheritance and land taxes and raises taxes on goods and services.
Niger frequently experiences violent demonstrations. Both large and small protests 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 avoid all protests due to the risk of violence and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.