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Protesters Arrested in Algiers

Monday, February 25, 2019

41 people were arrested in the Algerian capital of Algiers during a protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office. Police forces on February 22 used water cannon and tear gas against the protesters as they made their way towards the presidential palace.

The General Directorate for National Security said in a statement on official news agency APS that it arrested 41 people during the protests over “public disorder, assaulting forces and damaging property.”  Earlier this month, Bouteflika announced his intention to seek a new five-year term in the elections scheduled for April 18.

The announcement was met with protests across the country.

Bouteflika, who is 81 years old, suffered a stroke in 2013 and is rarely seen in public. Despite the current protests, Bouteflika is the only president in North Africa who was spared in the pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring in 2010.