Algeria protests: People out in ‘unprecedented’ numbers

PARIS, France––Reports from North Africa say thousands of protesters in Algeria gathered in record numbers in the capital, Algiers, denouncing their president’s bid for the fifth term.

Eyewitnesses say an estimated 100,000 people had turned out to protest President Abdulaziz Bouteflika bid for a fifth term in office and that every category of the Algerian population, young people, families, women, children, came out to protest.  As the opposition escalated, some people were sharing videos and pictures.

Algerians are angry at the 81-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to seek a fifth term in office instead of retiring.

Authorities say seven protesters and more than 50 officers were injured, with 45 people arrested.

Anti-government demonstrations are rare in Algeria but several broke out after Mr. Bouteflika confirmed his candidacy.

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