ALGIERS (Reuters) – When thousands of young Algerians rioted earlier this year over price rises and living conditions, the government asked state-employed Muslim clerics to preach sermons in the mosques appealing for calm.
Now, two months later, the clerics themselves are protesting.
“We are very angry, and our daily living conditions are bad,” said Hajaj El Hadj, an imam at a mosque near the capital for over 20 years. “We demand a significant pay rise.”
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Ahmed Gotari, a 28-year-old unemployed man from the Algerian capital, has grown accustomed over the years to being treated dismissively when he calls on local officials to ask for a job.
So when he went this week to the district mayor’s office, he was shocked at his reception: the mayor received him personally, welcomed him to his office and told him he would help.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – About 50 protesters attended a banned rally in the Algerian capital on Saturday, a drop in numbers indicating that opposition hopes of emulating popular uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world were fading.
The protest in Martyrs Square in the center of the city was the third in three weeks and on each occasion the numbers attending have fallen — while thousands of police in riot gear have lined the streets.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s cabinet on Tuesday adopted an order to lift a 19-year-old state of emergency in a concession designed to dodge the tide of uprisings sweeping the Arab world, but protesters said it was not enough.
The government also approved a package of measures aimed at reducing unemployment, which is one of the biggest grievances of ordinary people in Algeria.
ALGIERS, Feb 22 (Reuters) – When reporters from Algeria’s
state news agency arrived to cover an opposition rally on Feb.
19, they were greeted with surprise.
After all, it was the first time in years the agency, long a
mouthpiece of the North African oil producer’s government, had
attended a march critical of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian police in riot gear on Saturday surrounded about 500 protesters trying to stage a march through the capital inspired by uprisings in other parts of the Arab world in defiance of a ban.
A Reuters reporter at the scene said a group chanting “Algeria — free and democratic!” tried to reach May 1 Square in the city center to begin the protest march but were driven two blocks away by police using batons.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – One of the founders of the Algerian state has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to respond to the wave of unrest in the Arab world by replacing a system of rule he called undemocratic and out of date.
After popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, Algeria’s ruling elite has come under pressure to change from anti-government protesters and also from influential figures inside the energy exporter’s establishment.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian opposition groups said on Sunday they would follow up the protest they held this weekend by calling a demonstration in the capital every Saturday until the government is changed.
Several hundred protesters, inspired by revolts which overthrew entrenched leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, defied a police ban and protested in Algiers on Saturday. But thousands of riot police blocked a planned march through the city.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Thousands of police in riot gear blocked off the center of Algeria’s capital on Saturday and stopped government opponents from staging a protest march that sought to emulate Egypt’s popular revolt.
Small groups of demonstrators angry at President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gathered in May 1 Square in the center of Algiers shouting “Bouteflika out!.” They waved newspaper front pages reporting Friday’s overthrow of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Thousands of police in riot gear were in position in the center of the Algerian capital on Saturday to stop a planned demonstration from mimicking the uprising which forced out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Officials have banned the opposition march, setting the stage for possible clashes between police and demonstrators who are demanding greater democratic freedoms, a change of government, and more jobs.