More than 80 people were arrested in Algiers during a night march denouncing the holding of the presidential election on December 12, announced Friday the National Committee for the release of detainees (CNLD).
« The vast majority of those arrested » were « embarked on police stations » in the suburbs of the capital, says the CNLD, an association that identifies and defends those arrested in recent months as part of the « Hirak », the popular movement and unprecedented challenge to the regime that has agitated Algeria since February.
Thursday night, for the second evening in a row, a few hundred Algerians took to the streets to denounce the organization of a presidential by a regime whose protest, after obtaining in April the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president since 20 years, requires total dismantling.
The day before, about 100 people had already been arrested during a similar night-time protest, the majority of whom were released after several hours of detention in police stations. But 29 people were charged, including unauthorized gathering « , including eight, also charged with » criminal conspiracy « , were placed in custody.
Even if the authorities tolerate, every Tuesday and Friday since February 22 because they can not prevent them, the steps of the « Hirak », any demonstration remains strictly prohibited since 2001 in the Algerian capital.
On Friday, several hundred people gathered in the center of Algiers, more than two hours before the start of the 40th weekly protests, according to videos posted by journalists on social networks.
The demonstrators conspired the presidential candidates, demanding the departure of the leaders and denounce the multiple arrests that pepper the campaign.
« It’s a campaign of repression, not an election campaign, » they chant in a video posted by the news site Tout sur l’Algerie (TSA).
Dozens of people have been arrested since the start of the election campaign last Sunday for demonstrating in front of the meeting places of candidates or disrupted meetings.
Four of them were sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison and 14 to two months suspended for disrupting a meeting of a candidate.