Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Algeria: Two years later, the Hirakists still raised against “corruption and repressive methods of power” (El Pais)


monday, 22 february, 2021 at 13:37

Madrid – Two years after the outbreak of the popular uprising known as the Hirak in Algeria, the activists of this movement have still spoken out against “corruption, lack of transparency and the repressive methods of power”, wrote on Monday, the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

“The only thing that seems clear with the arrival of the second anniversary is that – despite the pandemic, the repression and internal divisions – the Hirak is still alive”, underlines El Pais, ensuring that the last measures taken by the authorities to mitigate the tension did not have the desired effect.

“The problem is that activists have already seen that this outstretched hand has turned into an iron grip. They don’t really trust, ”observes the Spanish publication.

For El Pais, “Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s allegedly outstretched hand has so far failed to convince most Algerians”, adding that “the high abstention rate in the last elections shows that citizens have enough of this situation”.

The decisions adopted by the regime “do not bring anything new”, the same measures were announced a year ago, but they have not been implemented, notes the daily, ensuring that the Hirak movement, “Has always opposed the convening of legislative elections and calls for the formation of an Assembly to draft a new Constitution”.

“More democratic gestures are needed on the part of those in power. President Tebboune has already released 76 detainees from Hirak on January 2, 2020, during his inauguration. But that did not prevent the authorities from filling the prisons again and today, we have the same number of prisoners of conscience as before ”, denounced Saïd Salhi, vice-president of the Algerian League for the Defense of human rights, quoted by El Pais.



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