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…

Algeria: the storm breaks

In issue 7 of Middle East Solidarity, Gianni Del Panta wrote a prescient analysis of the rising tide of strikes and demonstrations in Algeria. As a storm of protest now threatens to engulf Bouteflika’s regime, he explores the main currents in the new movement. Over the last two weeks, Algeria has been rocked by a…

Algeria: Protest at Consulate in London against repression

From the Algeria Solidarity Campaign ONE YEAR AFTER the inspiring events of the “Arab Spring” that swept away western-backed dictators, the Algerian authoritarian regime -still in place- is desperately calling for the Algerian people to go and participate massively in the up-coming electoral masquerade on May 10th. At the same time, this indifferent and disdainful…