Algerians March Against President and Political System
Algerians who took to the streets for their sixth straight Friday of protests aren’t just angry at their ailing president — they want to bring down an entire political system seen as corrupt and out of touch.
Tens of thousands massed in the boulevards of Algiers on Friday, dominated by young people and their families. Police helicopters circled overhead and riot police vans lined sensitive neighborhoods, but the mood was largely festive.
It’s the first protest since the Algerian army chief called earlier this week for a constitutional process to declare President Abdelaziz Bouteflika unfit for office. Other politicians and parties backed the idea as a solution to the gas-rich country’s political crisis.