Following in the steps of thousands of university students who led anti-Bouteflika protests this week, hundreds of lawyers have taken to the streets today to do their part in pressing Abdelaziz Bouteflika into stepping down.
Rabat – Wearing their black robes, hundreds of lawyers marched in the streets of Algiers on Thursday to back the waves of protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s seeking a fifth term as president.
Security forces monitored the lawyers’ peaceful demonstration while they shouted slogans like “Algeria is not a monarchy” and “The people want to overthrow the regime.”
The Algerian National Association of Lawyers has called on authorities to postpone the election, scheduled for April 18, and set up an emergency government.
Algeria is witnessing its biggest demonstrations since the 2011 Arab Spring, which have been continuing since February 22. The demonstration demanding Bouteflika step down after 20 years in power also has the support of several military veterans in the country.
On Wednesday, Algerian independence war veterans also joined the protests. Some public figures also reportedly resigned from their positions in the government.
Meanwhile, two branches of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) hit the streets yesterday, representing thousands of workers.
On Tuesday, thousands of students from several campuses across Algiers marched, responding to Bouteflika’s offer to leave within one year if he wins re-election, saying that they “cannot wait a second” for him to leave.