Algeria police disperse anti-Bouteflika protest

Bouteflika on Monday submitted his candidacy papers for next month's presidential elections at the Constitutional Council, one day before the expiry of the registration deadline.

Algeria police disperse anti-Bouteflika protest

World Bulletin / News Desk

Algerian security forces on Thursday dispersed a protest in capital Algiers against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's reelection bid, arresting dozens of activists and organizers, eyewitnesses said.

Dozens of activists and journalists gathered outside the University of Algiers at the invitation of the Barakat ("Enough") campaign, which opposes Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term in office.

Heavy security was deployed at the scene as protesters chanted against Bouteflika's electoral campaign and "military rule."

Eyewitnesses said that security troops moved in moments later, arresting activists and journalists and transporting them to police stations.

According to Barakat's Facebook page, over 100 people were arrested in the crackdown.

The protest was the second in one week at the same site. Earlier this week, dozens of demonstrators were arrested and interrogated for hours before being released.

Bouteflika on Monday submitted his candidacy papers for next month's presidential elections at the Constitutional Council, one day before the expiry of the registration deadline.

Earlier in the day, eight vehicles carrying petitions signed by some four million Algerian citizens in support of Bouteflika's reelection bid arrived at the Constitutional Council.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said that presidential campaigns will begin on March 23 and would last for three weeks until April 13.

Bouteflika's candidacy has stirred up a hornet's nest, with critics citing the 77-year-old's poor health as a potential impediment to his reelection.

Last Mod: 06 Mart 2014, 17:04
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