One Million March Through Algiers in Renewed Protests Against President
Huge crowds of demonstrators, numbering a million according to police, took to the streets of Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Friday, March 29, in renewed protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The protest, the largest since demonstrations began six weeks ago, came after an army general called for the president’s removal earlier in the week.
Footage posted to Twitter shows a crowd making its way to the city center, chanting, holding signs, and waving flags.
When the protesters reached Place Maurice Audin, they clashed with police, who tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas and water cannon, according to reporters.
On March 19, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, said that Bouteflika was ready for an open and transparent transition of power when the next president was elected, state media reported.
Earlier this week, Ahmed Gaed Salah, the chief-of-staff of Algeria’s army, called for the president’s removal.
Bouteflika announced on March 11 that Algeria’s elections, which were due to take place in April, would be postponed.
Bouteflika has been in office since 1999 and recently turned 82.
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