Rank-and-file revolt gears up inside Algeria’s UGTA

Rank-and-file trade unionists and the leaders of key regions of Algeria’s largest union federation, the UGTA, have called a rally on Wednesday 17 April demanding the immediate resignation of Federation General Secretary Sidi Said, a staunch supporter of the old regime. Said has already announced that he has no intention of seeking re-election, but activists…

The battle for Algeria’s streets begins: police attack protests as mass strikes sweep country

Protests and strikes demanding the new ‘transitional’ president Abdelkader Bensalah follow Bouteflika out of office are gathering pace across Algeria. On the railways, in the ports, government offices, schools, universities and across large swathes of manufacturing, workers are walking out or going into occupation in solidarity with the continuing demonstrations in major cities demanding that…