Algeria Protesters Demand Independent Judiciary
Algiers, April 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Apr, 2021 ) :Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of cities across Algeria Friday, demanding an independent judiciary as dozens of regime opponents endure incarceration.
One banner read: "I have a dream -- democracy, the rule of law, freedom." Pictures of detained prisoners of conscience featured alongside messages on numerous placards brought to the rally by protesters.
Around 30 people belonging or linked to the protest movement are currently behind bars, according to the CNLD prisoners' rights group.
"We want an independent judiciary. The injustice must stop!" said Mohammed, a 59 year-old retiree.
He is one of two judges who face legal action over links to the protest movement.
The movement sees the regime as little changed since his departure from office, and demands a new political system that reflects the will of the people.
A presidential election in late 2019 resulted in victory for President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, once a prime minister under Bouteflika, in a poll where even official figures put turnout at only around 40 percent, amid a substantial boycott organised by the Hirak.