11 June: Anti-government protests continue in Algiers

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Published on June 11, 2019 by

Hundreds of students took to the streets of Algiers for the 16th consecutive Tuesday, to protest against Algeria’s interim government and demand a total change in the country’s ruling system.

Chanting “No dialogue with the gang,” protesters marched from the Place des Martys to the city center at Place Maurice Audin, holding signs and waving the country’s flags.

According to reports, Interim-President Abdelkader Bensalah made a statement on the previous week calling on people to join an “inclusive dialogue” and promising to set a new date for the elections.

Protesters reject the proposal as they do not accept elections organised by the current ruling system.

The protests in Algeria erupted in February, as the country’s long-term president, 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was expected to announce his candidacy for a fifth term.

The nationwide demonstrations ultimately prompted Bouteflika to resign on April 2.

One week later, Algeria’s parliament appointed Abdelkader Bensaleh as the country’s Interim-President for the following 90 days.

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