Clampdown on dissent in Algeria continues

by Shelagh Smith During 2020 and the start of the coronavirus pandemic, repression of Hirak activists, human rights activists and especially journalists has increased. Over 90 people are currently in prison in Algeria for acts related to the Hirak. On 15 September an appeal court in Algiers sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to a two-year prison…

Resistance is still fertile in the ‘New Algeria’

The Algerian regime hoped that a referendum on constitutional changes would draw a line under two years of mass mobilisations from below, writes Shelagh Smith, but the low turnout and continuing strikes tells a different story. November 1 is the celebration of the start of the Algerian war for independence from the French in 1954.…

Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni sentenced to three years in prison

By Shelagh Smith An Algerian court on August 10 sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to three years in jail. Drareni was charged with “inciting an unarmed gathering” and “endangering national unity” based on his Facebook posts. He had been detained since March awaiting trial. This harsh verdict is being widely condemned by Algerian and international human…

Algeria: a year in the streets

For the past year, a massive popular movement has repeatedly shaken Algeria. Shelagh Smith draws up a balance sheet.  This is an article from the current issue of Middle East Solidarity magazine – help us continue our work by donating £2 for a digital copy online On 12 December 2019 a new president was declared…

Not my president, say Algerians, as army’s candidate claims electoral victory despite massive poll boycott and continuing protests

On 12 December Algerians went to the polls to elect a new president – or did they? Millions boycotted the election, which they saw as illegitimate. Since February 2019, a huge protest movement has developed against the corrupt regime. Weekly demonstrations involving millions across the country keep demanding system change, a state based on the…

Crackdown in Algeria sparks global solidarity campaign

By Sheila Amrouche From Middle East Solidarity magazine, issue 12. Order a print copy or download as a pdf here  The rising repression in Algeria has sparked an international campaign in defence of political prisoners. Trade unionists, MPs and activists in Spain, France, Portugal, Peru, Brazil, South Africa and Germany gathered outside Algerian embassies in…