Algeria: The military regime continues its repression of Hirak two weeks before the legislative elections

Internet lines remained cut this Friday in Algeria, the day of the Hirak pro-democracy protest movement. The Algerian regime is continuing its strategy of forceful repression against demonstrators two weeks before the legislative elections provoked by President Tebboune, an electoral deadline rejected by the Hirak and the opposition. Several people were arrested on Friday and the day before Hirak.

In the streets and main arteries used by the demonstrators, the authorities sent an impressive security device. Police buses were parked all along the main street of the capital to prevent protesters from marching as police marched like in a military parade.

And to thwart the police force in central Algiers, the demonstrators gathered in other parts of the city, in particular in Ain El Biniane and El Harrach. The steps, which usually start before Friday prayers at noon, were blocked by the police until the early afternoon.

This Friday, the strongest rally took place in Tizi Ouzou, where a human tide demonstrated for the fall of the military regime for a free and democratic country. A large gathering was also organized in Béjaia and in the other towns of Kabylia, the main region in force for this 119th Hirak.

“Your weekly reminder that Algerians have been demonstrating peacefully for over 2 years against the military regime, calling for a free and democratic civil state. Despite an intensified repression to suppress the Hirak before the next legislative elections, they marched ”.

According to witnesses on the spot, the police made mass arrests and threw tear gas against the demonstrators on Friday. But also the day before, when there were no demonstrations, several activists were arrested by the police, some of whom were sitting in cafes.

While several media have warned of the possible hasty end of Hirak because of the excessively repressive strategy led by Abdelmadjid Tebboune in the run-up to the early legislative elections pushed against the will of the people, Algerian citizens seem determined to make their voices heard, despite the arrests, despite the police blunders, despite all the bans.

“Do you know when this will be the end?” Writes journalist Abdemoundji Khelladi on Twitter. It will be “the day when there will be a state of justice and law ruled by civilians”, he replied. “The battle remains and continues”.

“The free people of Bordj Mnayel went out in a demonstration against the regime. The latter encountered repression and tear gas, “said an Algerian citizen on Twitter, adding the hashtags,” a civil status and not a military one “,” we will not stop “,” “the Algeria in revolution ”.

This Friday like every other day of demonstration in the country, the Algerian authorities cut the internet networks to prevent Algerians from communicating with each other and from meeting for the marches, but also to prevent journalists from working and relay information internationally.

Tweets and Facebook posts didn’t start flowing and trickling until after 5 p.m. The main tweets that were posted concerned the names and lists of those arrested by the police.

“The regime is continuing its repressive plan against the demonstrations of the popular movement (hirak), the shutdown of Internet networks, heavy security devices in the streets, you cannot even take a photo of the ground!” A police plane was flying over the sky over the capital Algiers today, ”journalist Khelladi said.

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