Algeria releases dozens of pro-democracy prisoners ahead of Hirak anniversary

Screenshot of Berbere TV interview with Rachid Nekkaz following his release. He appears here holding back tears as he spoke of his disease. Algerian authorities released on February 19 at least 33 political detainees linked to Hirak protests as part of an amnesty that came ahead of the uprising’s second anniversary, which was marked by thousands of protesters returning to the streets. The Associated Press reported on Monday that thousands of demonstrators paid heed to calls for people to take to the streets, in protest to the unmet political, social, and economic reforms demanded in the 2019 u…

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