Algeria activists stage protest
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — About 100 Algerian activists from a new anti-government movement staged a rare protest Saturday against the ailing president and his decision to run for a fourth term.
While there was a heavy police presence, officers didn’t violently disperse the young protesters from the “Barakat!” (Enough) group like they did in similar demonstrations earlier this month.
“The state backed off after the images of repression from last week,” group co-founder Amira Bouraoui said, adding that future protests would take place outside the capital. “We will continue our fight against the election and the system.”
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, will be running for a fourth term after 15 years in power, despite having a stroke last year that has made his speech and movement difficult. While six candidates have been approved for the April 17 elections, Bouteflika is expected to win with the backing of the powerful machinery of the state.