Thousands hit the streets in fresh Algeria protests

Thousands demonstrated in Algeria’s capital and other cities Friday, AFP journalists said, as a revived protest movement takes root again in the North African country. The pro-democracy movement, known locally as “Hirak”, first mobilised in February 2019 and within weeks forced then president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to abandon a bid for a fifth term and resign. It called a halt to protests early last year as coronavirus restrictions took hold, but returned to the streets late last month to celebrate its second anniversary, protesting every Friday since. “Hirak rallies will continue until this reg…

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