Algerian protesters took to the streets chanting, “In my country they oppressed me,” a slogan used by fans of the Raja of Casablanca football club.
Rabat – In a video of Algerian protests denouncing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election campaign, a group of protesters have been recorded repeating the slogan of the Raja de Casablanca (RCA) football club.
The chant, “F’Bladi Delmouni,” means “in my country they oppressed me” and is often used by RCA fans denouncing oppression and discrimination in Morocco.
After raising banners reading, “No fifth term. I am Algerian, I am against it,” Algerians began shouting the RCA slogan during protests over the weekend.
— La Gazzetta della RAJA (@GazzettaRaja) February 23, 2019
Algerian football fans also voiced their disapproval of Bouteflika’s bid for re-election by shouting slogans in a tournament match.
Bouteflika’s announcement on February 10 that he will seek re-election for a fifth term has met strong expressions of anger by Algerians who no longer accept Bouteflika as president.
Since then, social media networks have been overtaken with commenters condemning the political system in Algeria.
One critical commenter was Algerian beIN sports commentator Hafid Derradji.
Derradji regularly posts tweets supporting protests, criticizing the regime, and calling for more perseverance in confronting those in power in Algeria.
When Bouteflika launched his campaign, a group of Algerian activists began using the hashtag “Let_Him_Rest,” implying he is being pressured to run citing what they call his inability to perform his constitutional duties. Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has been largely absent from the public eye since.
Algerian police arrested 41 individuals protesting on February 22.