The football fans “invaded” the grandstand to force government officials attending the final to leave before the start of the game.
Rabat – Serious vandalism and acts of violence erupted before the final game of the Algerian Football Cup between CR Belouizdad and JSM Bejaia at the Mustapha-Tchaker stadium in Blida, Algeria on Saturday.
Football fans, according to Algerian news outlet TSA, threw projectiles at the official stand, where officials from the government were sitting to attend the final game.
However, acts of vandalism forced the officials to leave before the start of the final.
Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui were among the officials forced to leave the stadium.
The football fans were chanting anti-government slogans, including “assassin power.”
Algeria has been facing a wave of protests against the former and current government. The protests erupted before the resignation of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika condemning his decision to bid for a fifth term.
Despite his resignation, protesters continued their demonstrations against the interim government, calling on all the Bouteflika- government elites to leave. Protesters are also condemning the military interference in political affairs, demanding the resignation of army chief Gaid Salah.
Friday, June 7, marked the 16 weeks of continuous protests, with the interim president deploying security troops into the peaceful demonstrations. Many arrests were made throughout the weeks of protests.
Despite crackdowns on peaceful protests, protesters have been going to boycott the July 4 election, which was later canceled by the Algerian Constitutional Council due to the absence of “valid candidates.”
Following the council’s decision, Bensalah urged civil society and political parties to engage in an “inclusive dialogue” to overcome the crisis that the country has been facing.
Bensalah said that dialogue would help fix a new date for elections as soon as possible” after the cancelation of the planned election on July 4.