ALGIERS- Thousands of citizens staged marches in several provinces for the 19th consecutive Friday to call for “the respect of the people’s willingness” and “radical change.”
In Constantine, citizens tramped the streets of boulevards Mohamed Belouizdad and Abane Ramdane, calling for the implementation of articles 7 and 8 of the Constitution, stating that “the people are the source of any power.”
In Oum El Bouaghi and Skikda, protesters underlined that the opening of a dialogue is dependent on the departure of the 3 Bs (Bensalah, Bedoui, Bouchareb).
In Mila and El Tarf, several citizens were wrapped up in the national flag, claiming a “free and democratic Algeria” and chanting “No to discord and regionalism.”
Underlining their commitment to continuing their peaceful struggle until their main claim is met, protesters in the city of Annaba, Khenchla and Souk Ahras welcomed the role of justice in fighting against corruption and reiterated their claims for a “radical change of the current political system.”
In the center of the country, hundreds of citizens staged peaceful marches to reaffirm their determination to demonstrate publicly until the popular claim for “radical change of the governance system” is satisfied.
Protests marked by fraternity
In the provinces of Bouira, Bejaia, Tizi-Ouzou and Boumerdes, the demonstrators unfurled the national emblem and Amazigh flag and demanded, in addition to the change of system, “the cessation of legal proceedings” against demonstrators arrested on 21 June, in Algiers, and expressed their attachment to the Amazigh identity, enshrined in the Constitution. They also insisted on the people’s unity by chanting “Algerians are brothers.”
In the country’s west, protesters reiterated their claims for radical reforms and the departure of the system’s symbols while calling to protect national unity.
In the southern regions of the country, popular marches for political change are scheduled after al-Asr prayer because of the scorching heat affecting the region, like provinces of Adrar, El-Oued, Laghouat, Tindouf, Ouargla and Ghardaia.