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02 août 2019 | 12h19 UTC

Algeria: Heightened security presence in Algiers ahead of protests August 2 /update 24

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Heightened security presence reported in Algiers ahead of weekly protest August 2; localized traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/8/2019, 12h00 until 3/8/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algiers, Algeria

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As of Friday, August 2, a heightened security presence has been reported in Algiers, notably around the Place de la Grande Poste and across the city center, ahead of the 24th weekly protest to demand fundamental changes in political leadership following former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation from office. According to local sources, numerous police roadblocks have been put in place around the capital, disrupting access into the city. Protests are also expected in other Algerian cities over the coming hours. Localized transportation and business disruptions are to be anticipated around demonstration sites. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.


Political tensions have been high in Algeria since former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on April 2 following weeks of protests sparked by his intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have vowed to continue to hold demonstrations until the elections.

On June 2, the Algerian Constitutional Council scrapped the July 4 presidential election, rejecting two candidates who had reportedly failed to reach 60,000 signatures in support of their candidacies. Thousands of people protested in Algiers following the announcement, demanding the removal of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was instructed by the Constitutional Council to organize a new election at an unspecified later date. While Bensalah's mandate expired on July 9, he is expected to continue his tenure over the coming weeks amid additional anti-government protests and demonstrations.


Individuals in Algiers and across Algeria 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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