Algeria: the return of the lead screed?
Anti-government demonstration in Algiers, February 28, 2020. REUTERS / Ramzi Boudina
By: Chantal Lorho Follow
Pandemic requires, any form of gathering is officially prohibited since mid-March 2020 in Algeria. A heavy blow for the Hirak, after more than a year of mobilization in the streets, every Friday, to demand the end of the "system". A boon, however, for the regime, which took advantage of it to increase repression against journalists, Internet users, human rights activists and opponents.
For the past month, and particularly in Kabylia, sporadic demonstrations relayed by social networks have nevertheless resumed to demand the cessation of legal proceedings and the release of the approximately 70 prisoners of conscience currently behind bars, according to the CNLD (National Council for Release of Detainees).
Is a new lead screed falling on the country? Is the Hirak threatened, must it change its strategy? What about the new Algeria promised in December by Abdelmadjid Tebboune, elected after a presidential election marked by a record rate of abstention: more than 60%?
- Pierre Vermeren , professor at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in "Contemporary history of North African societies", has just published " Morocco in 100 questions " at Tallandier
- Luis Martinez , research director at Sciences Po -CERI and author of “ North Africa after the Arab revolts ”, published by Presses de sciences po, in October 2019
- Dalia Ghanem , political scientist, associate researcher at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, has signed “ Another battle of Algiers For the New York Times, " Algeria: Towards an economic Collapse " for the Middle East Institute and " Le chemin de crête du président Tebboune " for Orient XXI.
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