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05 Feb 2020 | 04:11 AM UTC

Gabon: Protests expected in three municipalities February 5

Unions to defy government ban and march in three municipalities February 5; heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions expected

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Event

The Dynamic Unitary Trade Union Confederation called for simultaneous rallies in multiple municipalities on Wednesday, February 5, despite a government ban, to protest labor code reforms. Demonstrators planned to gathered at 08:00 (local time) in the Libreville, Owendo, and Akanda municipalities and will march until 16:00.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in affected areas over the coming hours. Clashes between protesters and security forces are possible. 

Advice

Individuals in Gabon are advised to monitor developments to the situation, anticipate disruptions, and avoid all potential related protests and demonstrations as a precaution.