Algeria – This Friday, March 15 marks the IV Act of anti-regime demonstrations. After three contests against the candidacy of Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth presidential term, the head of state responded favorably by giving up his candidacy and postponing indefinitely the presidential election that was scheduled for April 18.
In the wake of the announcement, a few dozen people had first parade expressing their joy, before realizing that their claims were not satisfied.
Indeed, the last letter of the President of the Republic explains that the latter will remain at the controls of the State after April 18 and will be in charge of organizing the transition itself. Which is not unanimous. Thus, citizens will come out today, not to say no to the 5th mandate, but to say no to the 4th extended term.
12:48 pm: Mrs. Drifa Ben M’hidi, sister of Shahid Larbi Ben M’hidi, is participating in the demonstrations this Friday.
12h42 : For the moment, the riot police units are not intervening. The Security Device is greatly reduced.
12:30 pm: An impressive crowd at the Grand Post of Algiers. Thousands of people are invading the streets.
12:10 pm: Karim Tabbou, spokesman of the UDS, surrounded by a large crowd at the Grand Post of Algiers.
11:30 am: Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Grand Post Office in Algiers. Karim Tabbou already on the spot.
11:15: Unlike the last Fridays, this demonstrations begin very early. Citizens have started to gather at the Grand Post since 10:00.
10:40 am: Beginning of demonstration in downtown. Dozens of people gathered in front of the Great Post of Algiers.
10.00 am: A group of demonstrators from Tizi-Ouzou arrive in Dar El-Beida (Algiers). Protesters walk to Algiers’ downtown, after the buses carrying them were blocked.
09h00: In Algiers, the traffic is suspended on the metro and the tramway.
08:50: Several buses carrying demonstrators from Tizi-Ouzou to Algiers are blocked at the National Gendarmerie dam in Tadmaït.
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