Algerians take to streets, call for ‘new revolution’ on independence anniversary

Demonstrators converged on Algiers in their thousands for a massive anti-government rally called to coincide with official celebrations of the…

Demonstrators converged on Algiers in their thousands for a massive anti-government rally called to coincide with official celebrations of the anniversary of the war that won Algeria’s independence from France. Several thousand protesters had gathered at the Grande Poste building in downtown Algiers by early afternoon. “Algeria will take back its independence” and “The people want their independence”, protesters chanted, already numbering more than have been turning out weekly at the same time for 37 consecutive Fridays.

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