Demonstration Alert

Location: Throughout Algeria  

Event: October 29 Holiday (Mawlid, the Prophet’s birthday) and November 1 (Anniversary of the Revolution and Constitutional Referendum Vote)  

Thursday, October 29, is a national holiday commemorating Mawlid al Nabi, the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.  This occasion is typically celebrated with outdoor events, fireworks, and religious gatherings.   As security forces continue to enforce COVID-19 prevention measures, there may be an increased security presence in downtown areas.  

Sunday, November 1, is also a national holiday to mark the Anniversary of the Revolution.  It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.  However, this year, a Constitutional Referendum will be held on the same day.  On social media there are calls for marches to Algiers from other wilayas to protest or boycott the referendum.  Protests may occur starting Thursday and continue through the weekend and Sunday.  Although activists continue calling for protestors to remain peaceful and organized, demonstrations can become violent, and a heavy police presence is expected throughout the weekend to react quickly to any disturbances.  During similar occasions in the past, widespread disruption to internet and communication services has been common.  U.S. government personnel are instructed to avoid all areas affected by demonstrations.  

The U.S. Embassy will issue future alerts if the security situation changes significantly or there is specific information or an incident which requires additional messaging.    

Actions to take:  

  • Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution if you unexpectedly encounter demonstrations, even if they appear peaceful. 
  • Avoid large gatherings and rallying points for demonstrations.
  • Monitor media for updates.
  • Review personal security plans. For planning resources, go to the following State Department website.

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