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A Protest Made in Algeria CARNEGIE Middle East Center Commentary, April 2019

Since February 22, thousands and then millions of Algerians have taken to the streets every Friday to protest against the fifth term of their ailing eighty-two-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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On February 24, I went back to my country, Algeria, to try to understand Algerians’ expectations for the upcoming presidential elections. From the northern capital, Algiers, to the southern city of Tamanrasset, this movement has impressed the world with its scale and nature. Algerians have kept their movement leaderless and their protests silmiya, or peaceful, and hadhariya, civil. But the movement has caught the regime off guard.

I marched with protesters with the eyes of a political analyst but with the heart of my identity: an Algerian citizen. I took these photos in Algiers during the March 22 and March 29 demonstrations...


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