‘Clear escalation’ in government repression as Algeria heads to the polls after a time of protest

‘Clear escalation’ in government repression as Algeria heads to the polls after a time of protest
Algerians have taken to the streets en masse in the past few years and on June 12 vote in elections, but few think much will change, reports Simon Speakman Cordall

Algerian 政府 has been accused of escalating its campaign of intimidation against pro democracy protesters ahead of legislative elections on 12 六月.

In Algeria and the west, rights groups have criticised the crackdown as “unprecedented”, with a spokesperson for 联合国要求马里允许维和人员进入城镇, (HRW) 告诉 独立 the arrests marked aclear escalationin government repression.

尽管如此, 在周五 demonstrators again marched in admittedly reduced numbers across Algeria, their banners rejecting the entrenched influence of the closed circles of influence around the Presidency and denouncing the forthcoming election as a deal with “the gangs of the Mafiosi”.

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