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Thousands of demonstrators gathered on February 22 in several towns in Algeria to celebrate the second anniversary of Hirak, the Algerian popular movement. Protesters have called for reform of the political system.

A demonstration celebrating the second anniversary of the popular uprising of Hirak which forced Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April 2019, gathered thousands of demonstrators on February 22 in the center of Algiers. It is the most important procession in the capital since the suspension of the steps of the Hirak on March 13, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The police tried to prevent the demonstrators from advancing towards the Grande Poste, emblematic place of the protests of the popular movement, proceeding to arrests.

Walks were also held in other cities of the country, in particular in Annaba, Oran, Béjaïa, Sétif, Bouira, Tizi-Ouzou or even Constantine, as can be seen from the videos relayed on social networks.

These demonstrations come the day after a series of decisions taken by Abdelmadjid Tebboune. On February 18, during a speech to the nation, the Algerian President pardoned detainees from the Hirak and announced early parliamentary elections after the dissolution of Parliament.

Despite a tense political situation, Abdelmadjid Tebboune has repeatedly called for the establishment of a dialogue with the Hirak “In order to build a new Algeria”. An offer welcomed by the National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Democratic Rally (RND) – political groups that supported the fifth term of Abdelaziz Bouteflika – but with suspicion by some opposition parties and part of the population .

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