#Algeria : Algiers was squared by the police Monday morning after calls to protest launched on the web for the second anniversary of the popular uprising of Hirak. The other cities are already in the mood for the return of the imposing demonstrations.
Police checkpoints have been set up on several roads leading to the capital, according to various testimonies collected by AFP.
Helicopters can be heard over the city as a fine rain washes the streets of yesterday’s sandy wind. However, in other towns, such as Tebessa or Bouira, the population has already left by the thousands, chanting the usual Hirak slogans.
To avoid delays related to traffic jams, some Algerians went out at dawn to go to work.
This is the case of Hamid, 54 years old civil servant.
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“I came from Hamadi (east of Algiers). I had to start at five in the morning. Two and a half hours of traffic jam to arrive in the center because of the roadblocks of the gendarmerie and then the police . They check every car, ”said Hamid, a 54-year-old civil servant.
Launched on February 22, 2019, the Hirak, an unprecedented popular protest movement in Algeria, had pushed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power for two decades, to resign two months later.
This peaceful movement had to suspend its weekly demonstrations in March because of the coronavirus epidemic.
But he continues to demand the dismantling of the “system” in place since independence in 1962, synonymous in his eyes with authoritarianism and corruption.
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