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Algeria: Thousands Mark First Anniversary of Anti-Govt. Protest Movement

Thousands of people took to the streets of Algiers on Friday, in a rally marking the first anniversary of the anti-government protests that swept through the country last year.

Protesters were seen marching with banners and chanting slogans in the Algerian capital.

An activist Samir stressed “Today our demands are clear. We are not here to celebrate a national holiday”, slamming the recent decision by the current head of the country Abdelmadjid Tebboune to assign the February 22 as a “National day of brotherhood and cohesion between the people and its army for the democracy’.”

“They degraded our country and we want to repair it. It has been an entire year we are telling them ‘leave, you all’ don’t these officials hear nor see?” He added.

Dubbed the ‘Smile Revolution’, mass demonstrations began after 82-year-old then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would be running for a fifth term in office. While Bouteflika dropped his bid and ultimately resigned in April, protests continued with the movement demanding a complete political overhaul.

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