CAR / ELECTION SECURITY EXERCISES

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As part of the integrated plan's operationalization for securing elections in the Central African Republic, Internal Security Forces and MINUSCA Police carried out simulation exercises, staging different scenarios for securing populations and institutions. MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / ELECTIONS SECURITY EXERCISES
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SOURCE: MINUSCA
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 07 NOVEMBER 2020, BANGUI, CAR

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1. Various shots, simulation exercise by UNPOL MINUSCA
2. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MINUSCA:
"This exercise is critical because, as we approach the election deadline, there will be more and more protests—demonstrations of a social nature and, more and more, of a political nature. And anything is possible. We are in a country in crisis, in conflict."
3. Various shots, simulation exercise by UNPOL MINUSCA
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Mankeur Ndiaye, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of MINUSCA:
"Many challenges await us. And this exercise fits in with that perspective. How can we meet the security challenge while knowing that our essential mission is to protect the population? We are not here to suppress protesters. We are not here to bully protesters. We are for the exercise of democratic freedoms, of all freedoms, but with respect for the law."
5. Various shots, simulation exercise by MINUSCA UNPOL
6. Various shots Mankeur Ndiaye, walking in front of military and police personnel of MINUSCA and CAR government

STORYLINE:

As part of the integrated plan's operationalization for securing elections in the Central African Republic, Internal Security Forces and MINUSCA Police carried out simulation exercises, staging different scenarios for securing populations and institutions.

These exercises took place in Bangui and its surroundings on Saturday (7 Nov).

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and head of MINUSCA, Mankeur Ndiaye, said, “this exercise is critical because, as we approach the election deadline, there will be more and more protests—demonstrations of a social nature and, more and more, of a political nature. And anything is possible. We are in a country in crisis, in conflict."

Several scenarios have been devised to organize these simulation exercises, such as an attack on Bangui by armed groups from the provinces or a popular insurrection.

Ndiaye said, “many challenges await us. And this exercise fits in with that perspective. How can we meet the security challenge while knowing that our essential mission is to protect the population? We are not here to suppress protesters. We are not here to bully protesters. We are for the exercise of democratic freedoms, of all freedoms, but with respect for the law.”

These exercises are part of collaboration between the Central African army, internal security forces, and MINUSCA, to secure the elections.
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