Hundreds of thousands of Algerians took to the streets across the country, continuing the consecutive Friday protests that led to the resignation of the puppet president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The demonstrators were filling up the streets and chanting for the overhaul of the government, following Bouteflika’s removal. Cops fired tear gas at protesters and arrested scores in Algiers, the capital of the country. Police said in a statement on Friday that 108 people were arrested.
This Friday’s protests were the first since interim leader, Abdelkader Bensalah, came to power and announced new elections, set for July 4. The appointment of Bensalah as Algeria’s first new president in 20 years has failed to meet the demands of the people of Algeria.
Protesters say that elections cannot be free and fair if they are held under the same framework and institutions as those of the previous regime. Organizers have called for renewed rallies and marches in the capital and other cities across the North African country.
Photo: “Thousands of people flood into Algiers the capital right now” by Algerian Black Pearl via Facebook