Several dozen students gathered in Algiers on Tuesday, despite the ban on demonstrations and an imposing police presence, the day after major demonstrations in the capital and across Algeria on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the popular uprising of Hirak, AFP noted.
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Prior to the interruption of the weekly Hirak marches a year ago, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students used to march every Tuesday.
Despite the police lines, dozens of students and activists managed to walk a few hundred meters to the national theater, shouting "
We are students and not terrorists
For a free press and independent justice
Free and democratic Algeria
”, according to AFP journalists.
The progress of the march was stopped near the Central Faculty of Algiers.
Police then evacuated the protesters to a student-only bus station before forcing them out of the city center.
According to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD), the police arrested three students and five Hirak activists.
On Monday, large crowds marched in Algiers and several other cities in the country on the occasion of the Hirak's birthday, reviving the anti-regime protest in the streets after a year of interruption due to the health crisis.