The social situation in Algeria was widely discussed during the Council of Ministers meeting on Sunday 2 May. Indeed, the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, ordered his government to open « a dialogue » with the social partners in order to try to calm the social anger that is rising in this North African country, particularly in the health and education sectors.
For several weeks, a social front has been in turmoil in addition to a deep economic crisis that has hit Algeria, and which was born of the fall in oil revenues. This situation is exacerbated by the political impasse that has persisted since the popular Hirak uprising two years ago. Aware of this explosive situation in this North African country, the Algerian head of state is trying to contain the evil.
During the Council of Ministers on Sunday, the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has indeed « ordered to engage in a dialogue with the various social partners in order to improve the socio-professional situation of employees in the education and health sectors, » according to an official statement.
Meanwhile, the agents of the Civil Protection, especially firemen, beat the pavement, in uniform, not far from the headquarters of the Algerian Presidency to the building of their general direction. They demanded the satisfaction of their socio-professional demands and the release of one of their number, arrested without explanation in the morning. The demonstration was violently repressed by the police, according to statements by firemen relayed on social networks.
« They are always the first to face the worst disasters, between fires, earthquakes and others, » they tweeted. « They hit us and used tear gas. In the middle of Ramadan. We didn’t do anything. We didn’t break anything. We know the rules. We are just asking for our rights, » one of the firefighters told journalists in a video posted on the Internet.
It should be recalled that during his message on the occasion of the World Labour Day on Saturday 1 May, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune warned that « any form of expression of demands in the various sectors should take into account the interests of citizens, respect the laws of the Republic and not serve as a reason for dubious instrumentalisation ».