UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Thousands demonstrated in the Algerian capital on Friday in the 47th week of the protest movement, whose components maintain the same determination, but with a decrease in the level of mobilization compared to previous large demonstrations, according to reporters in France Press.
And about a year after its launch, this unprecedented protest movement continues to raise the demand for the dismantling of the “regime” and the departure of its symbols who have been in power for decades.
Although the Friday demonstration was large, many were less compared to the massive demonstrations that Algeria witnessed in the beginning of last year, or even before the presidential elections that the Harak rejected.
It is difficult to determine the numbers of demonstrators in the absence of official statistics.
The demonstration took place quietly under the light rain, as the chants of “a civilian, military and military state” (a civilian, not a military, state) and “Lee Jynero Alla Bhopal” (army generals to rubbish) emerged.
Some streets in the center of the capital were witnessing the spread of the police forces.
The demonstrators also raised slogans such as “We or you, we will not stop”, in addition to banners with the faces of activists arrested for their activities in the movement.
76 activists were released last week, the majority of them in the capital, awaiting their trials or the end of their prison terms. The National Committee for the Release of Detainees says that these are among “140 detainees”.
“The Algerians continue to demonstrate against the regime because they realize that this is the only way to impose a change,” Wahab Hamidi told France Press a week after the announcement of the new country’s government.
Hamidi, 38, who works as a financial advisor, expected a “new momentum” for the movement, saying it would be “long-term.”
For his part, 63-year-old Mohamed Halzoum considered that “President (Abdul Majeed) Tabun was appointed and he was not elected (…) We do not recognize any legitimacy for him.”
Taboun, 74, was prime minister under President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned under pressure in April and was elected president on December 12 in a ballot marked by widespread abstention and boycotted by the protest movement.
About two hours before the start of the 47th march, police broke up a crowd in the capital for several dozen protesters chanting anti-regime slogans.
The demonstrators were prevented from gathering in the square where every week the Harka protesters gathered.
They were also chased after by the police, who are deployed extensively in the center of the capital, especially in the vicinity of the Central Post, which has become a symbol of the movement’s gatherings. Witnesses confirmed the arrest of demonstrators.
“The Harak should continue, given our lack of rulers, so you will be appointed and the people will not choose it,” protester Farida Locham told AFP. Locam was hit hard while police officers were trying to strip her banner.
“The movement must continue until the death of the gang completely. These traitors sold the country.”
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