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16 Jul 2019 | 03:22 PM UTC

Algeria: Hundreds march in Haizer to demand release of political prisoners July 16 /update 19

Algeria News Alert

Hundreds march in Haizer (Bouïra province) July 16 to demand release of prisoners of conscience arrested during anti-government protests; similar demonstrations to be expected amid heightened security presence

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Algeria, Haizer (Bouïra province)

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Event

Hundreds of people marched in Haizer (Bouïra province) on Tuesday, July 16, to demand the release of prisoners of conscience who were arrested in recent anti-government demonstrations. The protesters reportedly marched on major thoroughfares in the town before staging a sit-in outside the local government headquarters. Business closures were also reported as store owners closed their shops in solidarity with the detained.

Similar protests are to be expected in Algeria over the coming weeks amid a heightened security presence. Localized transportation disruptions are likely near protest sites.

Context

Political tensions have been high in Algeria since former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on April 2 following weeks of protests sparked by his intention to run for a fifth term. A caretaker government was approved on March 31, though protesters have vowed to continue to hold demonstrations until the elections.

On June 2, the Algerian Constitutional Council scrapped the July 4 presidential election, rejecting two candidates who had reportedly failed to reach 60,000 signatures in support of their candidacies. Thousands of people protested in Algiers following the announcement, demanding the removal of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was instructed by the Constitutional Council to organize a new election at an unspecified later date. While Bensalah's mandate expired on July 9, he is expected to continue his tenure over the coming weeks amid additional anti-government protests and demonstrations.

Advice

Individuals in Haizer and across Algeria are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions around protest sites.

 

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