Algerian Protesters - Algeria News

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Algerians are taking to the streets to demand new democratic leadership and celebrate their country’s hard-fought independence from colonial France.

Resurgent anger at authorities is expected to bring larger-than-usual crowds to Friday’s protest, the 20th straight week of demonstrations in a revolt that helped drive out longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.

Protesters are now upset about arrests last week of several activists brandishing Berber emblems and of a veteran of Algeria’s independence war.

Authorities accused the activists of threatening Algeria’s unity by celebrating Berber identity. The 82-year-old veteran is accused of damaging the army’s morale by criticizing the powerful military chief.

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Protesters hope Friday’s demonstration breathes new life into the movement, divided over how to achieve lasting change. The protest coincides with the national holiday marking Algeria’s 1962 independence.

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