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Vol 62 No 12

Published 10th June 2021


Cracking down on the Hirak

While Algeria's establishment seeks new legitimacy from Assemblée populaire nationale elections set for 12 June, opponents are coming under a wave of suppression and elite faction-fighting continues. Coming out of the coronavirus pandemic, efforts by El Hirak (The Movement) to return to the streets have been met by an unprecedented reaction from security forces, blocking routes and arresting protestors. Direction Générale de la Surêté Nationale (DGSN) police deployments and arrests are at a level the authorities didn't dare as the Hirak mobilised tens of thousands from February 2019 to remove president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and then pressure the authorities for change.

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