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Suppression of protests suggests Algerian military and political elite are closing ranks before poll

03 March 2014

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On 1 March 2014, a new pro-democracy movement, Barakat ("enough" in Algerian Arabic), announced its formation via Facebook and social media.

Police officers detain a protester in Algiers during a demonstration on 1 March 2014 against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth candidacy in the presidential election. (PA)Police officers detain a protester in Algiers during a demonstration on 1 March 2014 against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fourth candidacy in the presidential election. (PA)

Barakat rejects a fourth presidential term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but has also said that he is not the sole problem, and that the whole political system needs to change. The group's first statement followed the police's dispersal of hundreds of people protesting at Algiers University's central faculty on Didouche Mourad Street on 1 March, during which dozens of participants were arrested. An earlier protest had occurred the previous week at Algiers' Bouzareah University, which was also dispersed.



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