The new detainees of the Hirak movement, arrested during a protest march on Friday 3 April in Algeria, are on their fifth day of hunger strike, which started on Wednesday 7 April in the prison of El Harrach (Algiers).
Twenty-three detainees, imprisoned after a march of the anti-regime Hirak movement a week ago in Algiers, have been on hunger strike since Wednesday, an association supporting prisoners of conscience reported on Saturday. « On Saturday 10 April 2021, the 23 detainees are on the fourth day of their hunger strike at El Harrach prison (in Algiers), which began on Wednesday 7 April, » the National Committee for the Release of Detainees (CNLD) said on its Facebook page.
This Sunday, the detainees are on their fifth day of hunger strike. According to the CNLD, they are, on the one hand, the detainees of the court of Bainem Bab El Oue, namely: Abdelhak Ben Rahmani known as « Merouane », Talhi Said known as « Zinou », Slimane Hocine, Abdelli Zouhir Abdeldjalil, Ahmed Betrouni, Walid Oudjit, Agoumadz Bachy, Menkhel Mohamed Lemine, Saleh Abdelhakim, Malek Abdelhalim.
And on the other hand, detainees from the Sidi M’hamed court, including Adel Bensaada, Ahmed Ouakli, Omar Lerari, Lotfi Bouguerra, Benameur Belkacem Rachid, Ali Senouci, Fatehi Diyaoui, Ahmed Lekhdari, Lounes Boutankikt, Zakaria Metidji, Taazibt Abdelkayoum, Aimad Guendoul, Mohamed Selmane. These detainees are all being prosecuted for « undermining national unity and unarmed assembly ». A situation denounced by human rights organisations.
The Algerian authorities continue to restrict freedom of expression in Algeria by carrying out multiple arrests of journalists, activists and voices critical of the Algerian regime, notes the NGO Amnesty International, in its new annual report on the situation of human rights in the world. In its 2020-2021 report, the NGO referred to the arrests and prosecutions of protesters and journalists.
« Again this year, the authorities have arrested and prosecuted peaceful protesters, journalists, activists and citizens who were merely peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, as part of the large-scale protest movement known as the Hirak, » the NGO said in its report.