Rabat – Clashes between police and protesters in Algiers have resulted in the injury of 56 police and seven demonstrators, according to Algerian authorities.
Algeria is witnessing a wave of protests, the biggest in the country since the Arab Spring.
Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have been marching in all the major cities of Algeria, including Oran, Constantine, Setif, Tizi Ouzou, and Algiers, against their ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s fifth term re-election.
Yesterday in Algiers, the police fired teargas and used batons to stop a group of 200 protesters from approaching the presidential palace, 1.5 kilometers away from the protestors’ original gathering spot.
Police and demonstrators engaged in violence with some protesters throwing stones.
AFP reported that police arrested 45 people.
Carrying Algerian flags and chanting slogans such as “The people want the fall of the regime,” and “Bye bye Bouteflika,” thousands marched down Algiers’ Rue Hassiba Ben Bouali where protests have been banned since 2001.
Despite the protests which began last week, the president’s campaign manager, Abdelmalek Sellal, announced on Tuesday that Bouteflika, 81, would submit his official application to seek re-election for a fifth term on March 3.
Algeria will hold its 2019 presidential elections on April 18.
Algerians young and old are rejecting Bouteflika’s willingness to extend his 20 years of presidency.