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17 Feb 2020 | 08:48 PM UTC

Algeria: Anniversary opposition movement demonstrations in Algiers February 21-22 /update 67

Opposition activists schedule anniversary demonstrations in Algiers on February 21, 22; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Opposition activists have called on supporters nationwide to gather in Algiers on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, to commemorate the first mass nationwide opposition protests on February 22, 2019. While activists have not immediately announced exact meeting times or locations, protesters are likely to gather at the Grande Poste.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected throughout the capital. Further protests are likely in Algiers over the near term.

Context

Protests to denounce the current political system have continued despite the election of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on December 12, 2019. Demonstrators are still calling for civil and popular sovereignty and have rejected the recent presidential electoral process. The protest movement has been ongoing since February 16, 2019.

Advice

Individuals in Algiers are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to business and transportation around protest sites.