Algeria to Ban Illegal Protests

Algeria will ban protests which do not have approval, amidst weekly protests in the country demanding democratic reforms, on Sunday. 

The Interior Ministry has declared that all demonstrations will require a permit which specifies the organizers’ names and the duration of said demonstrations. 

“Failure to comply with these procedures will result in violating the law and the constitution, which denies the legitimacy of the march, and it will be necessary to deal with it on this basis,” the ministry said.

“They are seeking reasons to justify any decision to ban marches,” said Ahmed Badili, a member of the Hirak protest movement told Reuters.

The new regulation would also mean that even if permits were granted, particular individuals may be identified as being responsible for the leaderless protest movement.

The move comes before the upcoming elections in June, which President Abdelmadjid Tebboune promised would be transparent. 

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