Demonstration Alert

Location: Throughout Algeria

Event: This Friday marks the 37th week of major demonstrations and will coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Algerian Revolution.  At previous demonstrations, there were reports of confrontations between police and demonstrators involving tear gas and water cannons as well as reports of property damage, injuries, and detentions.   A heavy police presence is expected to react quickly to any disturbances.  U.S. government personnel are instructed to avoid all areas affected by demonstrations and not to participate, watch, or remain near demonstrations even if they remain peaceful. 

There are also social media calls for Algerians to make noise at 11:59 pm tonight, Thursday October 31, 2019, by banging on kitchen utensils, such as pots and pans, etc. 

Demonstrations are expected to continue to take place throughout the country in the coming weeks.  The 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 unexpectedly in the vicinity of 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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