Opposition activists have called for nationwide protests on Friday, November 1, to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Algerian War of Independence. In Algiers, several thousand people are due to gather at Place de la Grande Poste, Place des Martyrs, and along Rue Didouche Mourad. Similar protests are expected in major urban areas, including in Béjaïa, Annaba, and Bordj Bou Arreridj.
Political rallies and protests are likely across Algeria in the coming days and weeks in the lead up to the presidential election on December 12.
A heightened security presence and associated disruptions (e.g. transportation, commercial, internet service) are likely during the scheduled protests. Clashes between protesters and police cannot be ruled out.
On Sunday, September 15, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah announced that presidential elections will be held on December 12, following months of political tensions in Algeria, sparked by former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have continued to hold demonstrations. Presidential elections previously set for July 4 were called off by the Algerian Constitutional Council after the only two candidates were rejected.
Demonstrators are denouncing the government's decision to hold presidential elections on December 12, and are demanding fundamental changes in political leadership before any election is held. Protesters also called for the release of political activists.
Individuals in Algeria, and particularly in Algiers, 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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