Demonstrations against the Algerian government's decision to postpone presidential elections and to demand that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns from office are planned in Paris on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17. The protests come as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced on March 11 that he will not run for a fifth term and will postpone the April 18 presidential elections. Protesters are expected to rally outside the Algerian Embassy on Saturday afternoon (local time) and at Place de la République on Sunday from 13:00.
Similar protests are possible in France over the coming days and weeks amid a heightened security presence. Localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near protest sites.
Thousands of people previously demonstrated in Paris, Marseille, and Toulouse, among other cities, to protest Bouteflika's candidacy in recent weeks.
Several protests have been organized across Algeria since February 22 in response to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign to be reelected for a fifth term; presidential elections were set for April 18 but were delayed indefinitely on March 11. Bouteflika has been in power since 1999 and is now expected to step down in the coming months.
There is widespread discontent with Bouteflika's economic policies, lack of public appearances following a stroke in 2013, and repression of speech; such frustrations have led to the largest and most extensive anti-government demonstrations in Algeria since the 2011 Arab Spring protests. Public demonstrations in Algeria, banned since 2001, are usually rare and are often met with a heavy security presence. On March 1, at least 183 people were wounded in clashes between protesters and police across the country.
Individuals in France are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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