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12 April 2016

ACLED Releases April 2016 Conflict Trends Report

ACLED’s April 2016 edition of the Conflict Trends report focuses on increased protest activity in Chad at the beginning of this year, widespread police abuses in Egypt, the resurfacing of the Mozambican National Resistance movement (RENAMO) violence in Mozambique, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Mourabitoun attacks against foreign nationals in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali, and the rise of organized anti-state violence in the aftermath of Museveni’s electoral victory and anti-FDC violence in Uganda.

The special report topic this month explores violence management and counter-balancing strategies for regime survival. Regimes in developing states practice “violence management” which consists of both offensive and defensive strategies designed to contain and repress various domestic threats.  Leaders in African countries are at high risk for facing internal dissent and may use tactics such as public repression, decentralization of security forces, and the use of pro-government militias (PGMs) to combat opponents of the regime.

Elsewhere on the continent, political violence decreased in Burundi, unrest continued in in Ethiopia as Oromia protests proliferate, and riots and protests continued to escalate in Gauteng and Western Cape provinces in South Africa.

The full report is available here.

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