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Protesters take part in a march in Algiers calling for the departure of the Algerian regime. Thousands of protesters take part in a march against the Algerian regime on the country's Independence Day, Algiers, July 5, 2019 (Photo by Farouk Batiche for dpa via AP).

After Bouteflika’s Ouster, Algeria’s Popular Uprising Faces a Much Bigger Test

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

ALGIERS—The chanting groups of protesters quickly swelled into a massive stream, moving downwards along Rue Didouche Mourad, one of the city’s main boulevards. In the summer heat, they wore Algerian flags as cloaks and carried hats and water bottles. Some walked with children on their shoulders, their young faces painted the green, white and red of the national flag. Homemade protest signs written in Arabic and French appeared to float above the slow-moving crowd. The signs and rallying cries called for a civilian state instead of a military one, and for the liberation of political prisoners. They praised the country’s many “martyrs” and derided its aged politicians.

Security forces were there too, occupying the streets of Algiers in hundreds of blue police vans. Plainclothes officers walked within the crowd, as helicopters circled overhead. ...

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