Algeria’s anti-regime protests: 8th Friday/ Live coverage


Algeria – This Friday, April, 12th, marks the 8th  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.

Later, the outgoing President Bouteflika officially notified to president of the Constitutional Council his decision to end his mandate as President of the Republic.

Subsequently, both houses of Parliament (the Council of the Nation and the People’s National Assembly), sitting together Tuesday, in Algiers, took note of the Constitutional Council’s declaration of the permanent vacancy of the post of president of the Republic, following the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The speaker of the Council of the Nation (upper house), Abdelkader Bensalah, assumed the charge of Head of State for a maximum period of 90 days, according to Article 102 of the Constitution.

This friday, hundreds of citizens began, from the first hour of Friday, April 12, demonstrations in the heart of the capital, despite a monster security device.

Deployed since yesterday, the security apparatus erected by the national security services has not been able to prevent hundreds of demonstrators from occupying the place of the Grand Post of Algiers, as well as the famous place Maurice Audin.

Protesters chanted slogans against, mainly, the installation of Abdelkader Bensalah as Head of State for a period of 90 days. They also claim the departure of the government of Noureddine Bedoui. The supposed French interference in the internal affairs of the country is also denounced.

Like the last Fridays, Act VIII of the popular anti-power movement is marked by the presence of citizens from several wilayas of the country.


 1:20 pm: Several vehicles of the riot squad, including one equipped with a water cannon, deployed the place Audin.


12h00: At noon, they are already thousands the Great Post of Algiers. A compact crowd manifest and chant anti-power slogans.


11:20: In Algiers, the anti-riot forces salute the demonstrators. The slogan “Djeich (army), Chaâb (people), Khawa Khawa (are brothers)! Sounded.

10:50 am: The police device retreats from the main entrance of the Main Post, yielding to hundreds of demonstrators.


10:20 am: Volunteers and first aiders provide first aid in a moving image of solidarity.

10:10: In an image reflecting the peaceful nature of the demonstrations, a citizen greets and kisses police officers at the Grand Post.

10:00 am: An unusual security device deployed in front of the Grande Post in Algiers. Hundreds of elements of the anti-riot units deployed.


09h45: Access to East of Algiers blocked. A device erected by the National Gendarmerie at the dam Boudouaou to prevent hundreds of motorists to reach the capital.

09:30: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Grand Post of Algiers from the first hour of this Friday, braving a monster security device.





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