Algerians stage partial strike amid protests

11th Mar 2019
Algerians stage partial strike amid protests

By Hassan Jibril

 

ALGIERS (AA): Algerians launched a five day partial strike on Sunday as part of protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election bid.

Secondary schools have closed, there are no trains, metros, trams or buses left or circulated in Algiers.

The strike has got a varying response in a number of provinces such as Jijel, Setif and Constantine in eastern Algeria and the central provinces of Bouira, Bejaia and Tizi Ouzou, according to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground.

For days, activists have been campaigning for a general strike and civil disobedience in protest of Bouteflika’s bid to secure a fifth term in power.

The calls have forced Algerian civilians to rush to the markets to secure their needs of basic commodities, amid long queues in front of gas stations.

For the third consecutive week, hundreds of thousands of Algerians took to the streets to protest Bouteflika’s bid to run for re-election. What began as protests against his bid for a fifth term as president quickly expanded into opposition to the entire regime around the infirm leader, who has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013

Bouteflika ruled Algeria since 1999.

Opposition figures have repeatedly urged the aging president, who in 2013 was treated for a blood clot in the brain, to refrain from contesting the election.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: Thousands of people stage a protest march against candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term in Algiers, Algeria on March 08, 2019. Photographer: Farouk Batiche]

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