Many rallies are taking place this Monday in the country to mark the anniversary of this protest movement that led to the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April 2019.
The movement had to interrupt its rallies for several months due to the Covid-19 epidemic,but he continued to demand the dismantling of the system in place, synonymous in his eyes with authoritarianism and corruption.
On Monday, on the occasion of the protest movement’s two years, several rallies were arranged around Algeria.
In the capital Algiers, a large police force was deployed early this morning and a police roadblock was set up on several roads to the capital. Police also conducted identity checks near the Grande Poste, a symbolic meeting place for Hirak.
“The situation is much more frightening than in the beginning”
But despite this unity, the protesters began to march at noon, and thousands of people gathered in the capital. There would also have been some arrests in the city on Monday morning before the marchers arrived.
In the rest of the country, gatherings were held in Bouira, Bejaia, Constantine, Tlemcen, Oran, Tizi Ouzou. In these cities it seems that there were at most several hundred.
In Skikda, for example, in the eastern part of the country, 500 to 700 people marched quietly from the stadium to the town hall. Police were present, but they did not intervene.
For many protesters, the measures taken by the government in recent days, such as the dissolution of the Assembly, are the United States restructuring of the government or the release of dozens of prisoners of conscience, have not convinced. “They are trying to make us believe that the system has been changed in the last presidential election, but in fact no, it is not at all. The situation is much more frightening than in the beginning. There is intimidation by the police, there is always intimidation, ”a 23-year-old student told Journalist.