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Benin: Protest planned in Cotonou on September 13

Unions to hold anti-government protest on September 13; avoid all gatherings

12 sept. 10h19 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 12/9/2018, 12h00 until 14/9/2018, 11h59 (Africa/Porto-Novo). COUNTRY/REGION Cotonou

Event

Two national unions are planning to hold a protest in Cotonou on Thursday, September 13, to denounce recent government measures regarding workers' rights. Protesters are expected to gather at 08:00 (local time) at the Bourse du Travail building and march towards Place de l'Etoile Rouge. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out. Transportation disruptions are likely around the march route.

Context

The rally is being held to protest a series of recent government measures, including one limiting a union's right to strike to ten days per year.

Advice

Individuals in Benin, especially Cotonou, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid all protests, as violence may flare up without warning.

On a more general note, some Western governments advise against travel to the far north of the country - including areas along the Nigerien and Burkinabe borders - due to security concerns.

 

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