Mass rally in Algiers last Friday ahead of presidential election (AFP)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Large crowds gathered in the streets of Algiers on Friday ahead of a presidential election rejected by protesters, an AFP correspondent reported.

The turnout, which cannot be accurately estimated in the absence of official figures, appears to be similar to the November 1 march that coincided with the 65th anniversary of the start of the War of Independence and the mass demonstrations in the capital during the spring of 2019.

The protesters, including many women, applauded, shouting “No vote” and “a civilian, not a military state.”

After the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled for 20 years, the popular protest movement, which has been shaking the country since February, demands the dismantling of the entire “regime” that has dominated the government since the country’s independence in 1962.

Al-Harak considers that the presidential elections on 12 December are intended to revive the “regime.”

“No back” and “no vote” were chanted, as crowds were marching for the 42nd consecutive Friday afternoon of protests in the center of the capital, on the impact of women sighs.

The demonstrators also chanted “I swear I will not be elected and on December 8 I will close my local”, in response to a call for a general strike as of Sunday, spread on social networking sites.

They addressed the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Kayed Saleh, who has exercised de facto power since Bouteflika’s resignation. They chanted, “Kayed Saleh, forget the vote!”

Speaking for the first time on a Friday since the start of the movement, Kayed Saleh said in a speech: “We are on the verge of an important and important presidential elections on December 12, which, God willing, will be an electoral wedding embodied by the popular will and a new starting point for Algeria.” Railroad Construction.

Despite the crackdown on demonstrators, which “intensified” as the elections approached, according to Amnesty International, the protest movement on Friday proved that the mobilization is still significant against the presidential elections.


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