Defying COVID-19 Ban, Thousands of People Take to the Streets in Algeria Protests

Algerians took to the streets of Kherrata, about 186 miles outside the capital Algiers on Tuesday, in a demonstration against President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. 

The protests took place almost two years after the 2019 protests against former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Protesters held up Algerian and Berber flags while shouting slogans against the military and political class. The protesters chanted “a civilian state, not a military state” and “the gang must go”.

Demonstrators came in from other provinces to participate in the rally which commemorated the Hirak protests that began on February 16, 2019 and spread to other parts of the country on the 22nd. The 2019 protests led to the ousting of Bouteflika and a complete overhaul of the country’s ruling system.

The rallies were halted last year as the coronavirus pandemic swept through the country. But as the February 22nd anniversary of the nation-wide protests approaches, demonstrations have renewed vigor.

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