Algeria: Police intervene for the first time to prevent a demonstration
For the first time in Algeria, police carried out a wave of arrests of demonstrators, mainly students. The demonstrations have been going on for about eight months every week.
In 33 weeks of demonstrations in Algeria, this is the first time that police forces have prevented one of the usual student rallies from taking place on the streets of the country’s capital, Asharq Al Awsat reports. Several demonstrators, mainly students, were arrested according to witnesses called by the media. They were taken to the police station and then prosecuted, often in pre-trial detention, according to the same source. According to Asharq Al Awsat, images circulated showing students who fainted due to the strong rush of demonstrators, following attempts by security forces to prevent them from advancing in the capital’s main streets and squares.
People’s movement ambulance activists were also seen helping the injured, some of whom were taken to nearby clinics. A few days ago, the security authorities arrested dozens of demonstrators, mainly those who can mobilize and recruit, in particular the leaders of the Youth Action Rally organization, close to the Democratic Movement, which opposes the government’s policy. Several journalists were harassed while covering Tuesday’s demonstrations and some were even arrested, including journalist Mustapha Ben Faudel reports Asharq Al Awsat.