ALGIERS- The peaceful popular marches demanding radical change of the system and the departure of all its figures, continued in Algiers and in other cities for the 14th consecutive Friday, which marks three months of popular movement, started on February 22nd.
Visibly fewer compared to previous weeks, protesters gathered en masse around the main Post Office, Boulevard Amirouche and Avenue Pasteur.
The access to the esplanade of the Grande Poste was closed by Algiers prefecture services because of the risk of collapse of the building stairs, built in 1910.
All accesses leading to the Government Palace and the Tunnel of Algiers Faculty, at the Place Maurice-Audin have also been closed by an imposing police force, in order to avoid any deviation.
Such measure obliged some groups of protesters to head to the Martyrs Square, via Avenues Zighoud-Youcef and Che Guevara.
Despite the effects of hot day of fasting, on the 19th day of Ramadan, the mobilization has not weakened. The protesters chanted patriotic songs, waving the national emblem and chanting slogans demanding the departure of all the symbols of the system and expressing their rejection to presidential elections, set for July 4th.
Holding the portraits of the glorious November Revolution martyrs, the protesters chanted the usual slogans and called, chiefly, for the departure of the three Bs (the Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah, t Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui and Speaker of the National People’s Assembly (APN) Moad Bouchareb).
In addition, protesters demanded, through their slogans, the opening of investigations and legal proceedings against businessmen and former politicians involved in corruption and the squandering of public funds.
“We are a united people that nothing can divide (us)”, “Djeich-chaab khawa khawa” (Army and people are brothers), “Silmia, silmia” (peaceful, peaceful), “For a civil state to live up to the sacrifices of our martyrs,” are the slogans chanted during these marches.
The marches saw the participation of political activists and human rights defenders.
Several individuals were arrested as a preventive measure in order to avoid any aggression against the demonstrators and clash with the police responsible for preserving the safety the participants in these peaceful marches, security sources said.