Algeria – This Friday, March 29 marks the 6th 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.
This sixth act of the “Hirak” is marked above all by an unexpected position of the National People’s Army, announced by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, who called for the application of the Article 102 of the Constitution, dismissing the President of the Republic on the grounds of illness.
Since this announcement, opinions differ in civil society as well as among politicians, while the RND of Ahmed Ouyahia, second ally of Bouteflika, has pledged allegiance to the Chief of Staff.
13:51: FLN, RND, Bedoui and Bensalah are the target of the slogans.
1:46 pm: Slogans in favor of the ANP are sung by the demonstrators.
1:43 pm: End of the Friday prayer. Immediately, a huge crowd heads towards the center of the capital from neighboring communities. (Video, Khelifa Boukhalfa)
13h30: Drifa Ben M’hidi present at the Grand Post.
1:26 pm: Police vehicles block access to Boulevard Mohamed V, at the place of Audin.
12h56: Still more people heading from the Grand Post to Audin Place.
12:34: Protesters waving a portrait of former President Liamine Zeroual at the Grand Post.
11:53: “Neither Gaid Salah, nor Said”, chant protesters.
11:43: Slogans, flags, more and more people at the Grand Post.
11:07: Portraits of Hocine Ait Ahmed, Matoub Lounes, Mohames Boudiaf, Larbi Ben M’hidi, are brandished by the protesters at the Grand Post.
10:54: Nearly a thousand people gathered near the University of Algiers and the Grand Post.
10:53: Dozens of protesters chant military songs
09:40: Dozens of citizens begin to gather in front of the Algiers Main Post.
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