Algeria anti-govt protesters hit streets after year-long hiatus

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Algeria’s capital on Friday as the “Hirak” pro-democracy movement gathers renewed momentum after a year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a ban on gatherings over the pandemic, crowds gathered in several neighbourhoods of Algiers in the early afternoon and marched toward the city centre,AFP journalists said. “It’s awesome. It’s like the big Friday Hirak protests,” one demonstrator said. The Hirak protests were sparked in February 2019 over president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term, and the long-time l…

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