The Workers’ Party (PT), one of Algeria’s most influential opposition political parties, has warned against systematic repression in the country, which is set to increase violently in 2022.
In its political report of the last ordinary session of the central committee, the PT deplores that “nearly 300 political and opinion prisoners, thousands of victims of arbitrariness, the abusive use of very long preventive detention, dozens of ‘arrests a day’.
The PT also denounced trials that did not meet any legal standard, unreal sentences for 2 years including after the lifting of confinement, the incomprehensible deprivation of all inmates of the bassinet every 15 days, a right guaranteed by law, qualifying as inhuman the food and sanitary conditions in the prisons due to lack of budget.
While drawing up a black assessment of the human rights situation in Algeria, the report presented by the party’s general secretary, Louisa Hanoune, denounced “a disaster in the field of freedoms”, referring to other “disasters” on the social, health and economic plan.
In this sense, he warned against a new popular anger “for there are limits to human patience”.
“The year 2021 was marked by an unprecedented offensive against multiparty politics and the right to political organization in general. A court decision was pronounced against the association of young RAJ and two approved political parties, the UCP and the PST, risk to know the same fate ”, he denounced.
According to this opposition party, “the process of calling into question political rights torn away thanks to the sacrifice of 500 young people in October 1988, triggered by the liberticidal amendments introduced into the penal code in 2020 in favor of confinement, was accelerated in 2021 dangerously aggravated by generalized emergency measures confiscating and criminalizing freedoms of opinion, press, conscience and including scientific research, freedoms of demonstration, and most recently the law criminalizing gatherings including around social demands, which constitutes a direct threat to the right to strike ”.
While arrests have multiplied since the classification of the Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylia (MAK) and the Rachad movement as terrorist organizations, the party denounced “an instrumentalisation of the fight against terrorism”.
According to Hanoune, the judicial machine is running at full speed on the basis of the instrumentalisation of the fight against terrorism by resorting to amalgamation, generalization and confusion and including collective responsibility, an extremely serious drift.
The report estimates that with the current anti-social orientation and whose worsening is expected from January 2022 by the entry into force of the murderous Finance Law which will cause major upheavals in society, the overwhelming majority of which will fall into the misery, no one can predict future developments.
He added that “since bread and milk can no longer be provided for children, yes no one can foresee the legitimate popular reaction, because this government is pushing the overwhelming majority to its limits”.