Mass Demonstration in Algiers Against President's Decision to Cancel Election

StoryfulNewsPublished: March 15, 2019Updated: March 16, 2019
Published: March 15, 2019Updated: March 16, 2019

Thousands gathered in Algiers on March 15 to protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to cancel a planned April election, and extend his fourth term, local media reported. Protests were held in multiple cities across Algeria, including Oran, and Tizi Ouzou, according to reports. Prior to Bouteflika’s announcement, protests had already been taking place, against the possibility of him seeking a fifth term in office. Bouteflika has been in office since 1999 and recently turned 82. Multiple Algerian outlets, including Algérie 360, TSA Algérie, and Algérie 1, reported that the protests attracted millions. Storyful has not independently verified this figure. Footage here was captured by local journalist Nadjib Belhimer, and shows protests outside the Grand Post Office in Algiers. Belhimer told Storyful that he believed the protests were the largest held in the country since the demonstrations started, Credit: Nadjib Belhimer via Storyful

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