In Algeria, the deaf dialogue between power and the street

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Despite President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s proposals for dialogue, the protests continue. One year after the departure of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Through Melanie matarese

Anti-government protesters on the streets of Algiers on February 18, 2020.
Anti-government protesters on the streets of Algiers on February 18, 2020. RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

We are asked all the time how to establish dialogue. The answer is very simple: when the government, which takes all its decisions behind closed doors, will be willing to show its goodwill instead of closing the spaces for dialogue that we are trying to create.Kahina, 36, is one of the early demonstrators who a year ago, on February 22, went out in the streets of several cities across the country to demand the departure of Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

A year later, when a «Unitary conference“, A new initiative scheduled for February 20 so that lawyers, journalists, students and activists can meet and debate, has had its press conference banned, the young woman looks at the year that has passed like that”of an unfinished fight“. According to the demonstrators, the main slogans that will return Friday and Saturday, announced as two days of strong mobilization to commemorate this anniversary, “recall the main claims of Hirak: the

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