“We want the system to leave, and all the thieves should be held accountable,” said a protester today.
Rabat – Protesters are again rallying in Algeria determined that all elites from the Bouteflika regime should leave before the coming election.
April 26 marks the 10th week of protests that have swept Algeria and called for a radical change in government and the resignation of all officials from the era of former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The same slogans which resulted in the fall of Bouteflika and some of his loyalists early in April have continued to echo throughout the months of demonstrations.
The slogans include, “They all should leave,” “Leave means leave,” and “System get lost.”
Quoted by AFP, a protester in the street addressed the government, saying that Algerians “want the system to leave, and all the thieves should be held accountable.”
The protesters are also refusing the July 4 election that Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, a loyalist to Bouteflika, announced.
“We refuse this July 4 election,” said a protester called Mohamed.
“How can mafia and fraudsters hold honest elections?” said Algerian protester Samir.
The protests resulted in the firing and resignation of several elites. The protests have even put pressure on the Algerian army, whose chief Gaid Salah called on protesters to remain patient before the election.
Salah also warned protesters against “unrealistic slogans.” Riot police have fired tear gas and used water cannons several times to disperse protesters. However, the Algerians have continued to protest Algeria’s governing system.