The students in Algiers, who from week to week are more and more numerous to pound the pavement, joined by many citizens, marched again this March 23, 2021 in the city center of the capital For their 109th Tuesday of the student Hirak. Hundreds of people marched from the Place des martyrs, the starting point of the demonstration, towards Algiers-Center, the point of departure for the march.
Protesters have vowed to march until the change comes true. But this phenomenon is not unique to the Algerian capital, the student Hirak movement which grows every Tuesday, made people talk about it in Oran and Bejaia where the demonstration of last week had been brutally prevented by the police. Since the events of Tuesday and until the beginning of the week yesterday, calls were launched by the local university community, in particular that of the teachers, for a strong participation in the march on Tuesday.
Many feared what would happen after the footage of last week’s protest impeded. In the end, the slogan was widely followed by the students and teachers and the march took place, in peace this time. As a reminder, the police had proceeded last Tuesday to the encirclement of the university of the city, preventing the students with beatings and arrests from starting their march.
In Algiers where the same scenario had taken place on February 23, thus preventing students from demonstrating, this Tuesday March 23, 2021 it was without problem that they beat the pavement and it was another big demonstration. It was feared that during this period of examinations for certain sectors, the students would be mobilized and therefore few in number to walk, nay! They were even more numerous joined as usual by the citizens. The demonstration started at midday from the Place des Martyrs to the center of Algiers without deviating from its classic itinerary in a calm manner.
Throughout the journey the crowd grew as we moved towards the drop-off point, on each street, the demonstrators were joined by others, students or citizens. Police violence was not reported, although the usual security system was still imposing with hermetic security cords around institutions such as Parliament.
At the head of the march, dozens of students held up several placards expressing their demands and their opinions on the events of the week and developments in the political situation. The portrait of the student Miloud Benrouane is brandished. “A student forgotten in the jails of the regime”, we read. Benrouane has been in detention in Biskra since October 2020. The release of all prisoners of conscience has also been demanded and the usual Hirak slogans rejecting the electoral process and demanding a radical change of the political system, and a civil and non-military state, freedom of the press and justice, among others were chanted.