Two years ago, to the day, the Algerian population took to the streets to demand the departure of President Bouteflika. Back to this uprising called “Hirak”.
It was two years ago, February 22, 2019: the start of an unprecedented popular uprising in Algeria, called “Hirak”, the movement in Arabic.
A mobilization to say no to a fifth term of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
This president has been in power for nearly 20 years. It is too much for these demonstrators who express in the street, their desire for change. Peaceful demonstrations throughout the country, draining more and more people.
Resignation of Bouteflika
Faced with popular pressure, Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on April 2, 2019. And it is his Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaïd Salah, who becomes the new strongman of the country.
But that does not calm the dispute, on the contrary! Because beyond Bouteflika, the demonstrators want to put an end to a whole political system mixing, according to them, nepotism and corruption.
They are not satisfied with the legal proceedings instituted against some caciques of the regime.
They are not satisfied either with the presidential election at the end of 2019, which sees the victory of Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former close to Bouteflika.
It is only the Covid-19 that manages to suspend the demonstrations. No or few gatherings at the height of the epidemic.
As the second anniversary of the uprising approaches, the Head of State gestures towards the demonstrators. A few days ago, he announced a presidential pardon for several dozen prisoners of conscience, including journalist Khaled Drareni, one of the figures of “Hirak”.
Not sure that this is enough to calm the anger of the demonstrators, who called for rallies across the country on Monday, to mark the second anniversary of the uprising.
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