A monster parade marches through the center of Algiers for an eighth consecutive Friday of protest, the first since the interim president took office and the announcement of a presidential election on July 4 to designate a successor to Abdelaziz Bouteflika, according to journalists from AFP .
The exact number of protesters is difficult to establish, neither the authorities nor the protesters giving figures.
But in the early afternoon a dense crowd filled the streets of the center of the capital, at least as important as those of previous Fridays, whose mobilizations were already considered exceptional.
Bensalah, go sleep at your house
Major demonstrations are also underway in other cities of Algeria, including Béjaïa and Tizi Ouzou, the main cities of the region of Kabylie (north), respectively according to a university professor and a journalist on site.
Protesters are also marching under their umbrellas in Constantine and Annaba, the country’s third and fourth largest city, according to local journalists where the rain seems to have weakened the mobilization.
Calls to mobilize massively have multiplied since the announcement on Tuesday of the inauguration of Acting President Abdelkader Bensalah, 77, President of the Upper House of Parliament for 17 years and figure of the apparatus set up by Bouteflika.
The slogans are particularly aimed at this apparatchik, charged according to the Constitution to organize elections announced for July 4, as well as General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, who assured him his support.
“Bensalah, go sleep at your house” (not the presidency, ed), can read on many posters.
Men, women, but also children and many young people gathered under strong police presence, early in the morning near the Grande Poste, emblematic building in the center of Algiers, which has become the heart of the antiregime contestation since almost two months.
The popular movement, which calls for the resignation of Bensalah, the end of the “system” and a “free and democratic Algeria”, got on April 2 the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, after 20 years in power.
But he now refuses to make the structures and personalities set up under his regime responsible for the transition, believing in particular that they can not guarantee a free and fair vote to appoint Mr. Bouteflika’s successor.