UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — About two thousand students, teachers and citizens demonstrated again Tuesday in the Algerian capital against the regime, announcing their refusal to offer the dialogue proposed by Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun, according to an AFP correspondent.
“We did not vote and brought Tabun who will not rule us,” chanted protesters, who walked quietly and without accidents in the center of the capital.
The protesters renewed their refusal to dialogue with the Algerian president, who had been calling the protest movement for a “dialogue to build a new Algeria.”
Protesters chanted, “How do we accept dialogue at a time when innocent people are in prison,” holding banners reading “Freedom for Prisoners of Conscience”.
There are about 140 protesters, activists and journalists who were arrested or sentenced to prison terms during the protest movement that started on February 22, 2019.
“We will continue to take to the streets until the release of all the detainees,” Sarah, 21, a student, told AFP.
The protesters also chanted slogans against the military high command.
Taboun had called on December 19 in a speech assuming his duties to “turn the page of disputes, dispersion and division”, stressing his commitment to “reaching out to everyone in order to complete its achievement within the framework of national consensus and the laws of the Republic.”
Since February 22, Algeria has witnessed an unprecedented popular protest movement against the regime in the country since its independence in 1962.
Since the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled the country for 20 years in April, the movement has been calling for the formation of transitional institutions that will undertake the reform of the state and dismantle the existing “system” in power.
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