Several Hirak activists, arrested on the sidelines of popular demonstrations, which marked their 110th march this Friday, appear this Sunday before the judge of the court of Sidi M’hamed.
According to the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD), the wave of arrests affected more than a hundred demonstrators in other wilayas including Relizane, Tiaret, Blida and El Bayadh.
In a statement published on its Facebook page, the CNLD specifies that hirak figures, including Nabil Bousekkine, Mohamed Tadjadit, Abdenour Aït Saïd, Abou Hafs Elhilali, Abdessamie Youcef, Lamouri Boulamidi have been kept in custody at the Cavaignac police station since their arrest during the Friday march in Alge.
Other people released with summons during the night must also present themselves Sunday to the criminal division of the judicial police (Police station of Cavaignac) to present them before the prosecutor of the court of Sidi M’hamed, like Nazim Ferhi and Sheikh Abdelkader Abu Osama.
In recent months, several Algerian and international organizations have expressed their concerns about the repression of the right to freedom of expression in this Maghreb country.
In this sense, Amnesty International denounced a “deliberate strategy aimed at crushing dissent by the Algerian authorities” through “arbitrary arrests and prosecutions” of peaceful protesters and journalists.
“The Algerian authorities have targeted dozens of demonstrators, journalists and activists with arbitrary arrests and prosecutions, for participating in peaceful demonstrations and expressing political opinions on social networks,” the NGO said.
For their part, a large number of MEPs called on the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on the intimidation and abuse of all kinds that Hirak activists still suffer.
In a letter addressed to Borell, these MEPs, all political tendencies combined, affirm that several reports of NGOs, international and national, “mention a continuous repression of peaceful activists” of the popular movement.