Reuters: Algerians march again as protests step up before vote22 November 2019 | 00:07 | FOCUS News Agency
The protesters, who want the vote to be canceled until the ruling hierarchy quits power, chanted “No vote with the gang” as they marched through Didouche Mourad, a major street in downtown Algiers.
The mass protests that erupted in February, and unseated veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April, have mostly taken place on Fridays and Tuesdays. Authorities detained several demonstrators, witnesses said.
The protesters seek to replace the old guard of rulers who have wielded power since independence from France in 1962. They also demand an end to corruption and the withdrawal of the military from politics.
With the election campaign having officially started on Sunday, and with the authorities detaining people accused of disrupting preparations for the vote, the protesters may now be moving towards daily demonstrations.
The “Hirak” protest movement has no leadership and calls to join protests typically spread on social media.
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