The Algerian government has announced that from now on it will require the organizers of the anti-government protests to obtain prior authorization and facilitate the marches before warning that the demonstration will otherwise be considered illegal.
The mobilizations that have taken place since 2019 began against the intention of then President Abdelaziz Buteflika to seek a new mandate in the elections, although they continued to call for greater democratization, the fight against corruption and a reshaping of the political elite.
The Interior Ministry has criticized the march for a change in its itinerary last Friday, stressing that recent protests identified “serious deviations” due to the demonstrators’ “pretext” that “they are free to walk down the street.” “want”.
“This violates public order and the laws of the republic,” the ministry said in its statement, in which it noted that the protesters “do not take into account the setbacks for citizens and the attacks on their citizens. Freedom”. .
“In this regard, we need to remember what the 2020 Constitution says about the marches,” said the ministry, which has indicated that the organizers will give the authorities their names, the start and end of the protest, their itinerary and the date Slogans used along the way.
For this reason, the Interior Ministry has stressed that “failure to comply with these obligations is a violation of the law and the Constitution, thereby nullifying the entire legality of the march dealt with on this basis,” according to the Algerian newspaper ‘Tout sur l’Algerie ‘has collected.
Mobilizations against the government and President Abdelmayid Tebune have increased in the weeks leading up to the June 12 parliamentary elections. This is part of the reform pledges made by the president after he came to power in December 2019.
On February 18, Tebune announced the dissolution of parliament and the convening of early elections a few days before the second anniversary of Buteflika’s departure. He then argued that most of the protesters’ demands were “met”.
Tebune’s victory in the December 2019 presidential election was marked by attending historic lows in a sample of popular rejection of its number, a minimum that months later reached a new milestone in the constitutional referendum politically sponsored by Tebune, his main project, another A reflection of the public’s discomfort with the authorities and the economic crisis.
For its part, in March the United Nations expressed “grave concern” about the “deterioration” of the human rights situation in Algeria and the increase in arrests of pro-democracy protesters and activists in the country.