Millions of Algerians have gone to the streets in different regions of the country to demand that :
- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Pictured above) should not go for a 5th term,
- Social justice and
- Good governance
Dozens of police officers were hurt in clashes between protesters and police in the Algerian capital, as tens of thousands rallied against a fifth term for ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika; who is 81 years old.
In previous demonstrations that began on February 22, Algerian authorities arbitrarily arrested demonstrators and journalists. Authorities have also refused to authorize meetings of a protest movement opposing a fifth term. The presidential election is scheduled for April 18. Algerian authorities should respect the right to free assembly and all other rights that are prerequisites for free and fair elections.
“Algerians should be allowed to express their views on a fifth term for the president without fear of being roughed up and arrested,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.