More than one million people on Friday took to the streets of Algeria protesting, demanding the resignation of country’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, according to eyewitnessed police officers, in one of the biggest demonstrations since the unrest erupted six weeks ago.
According to Dawn news reports, the huge demonstration has come days after Algerian military called for Bouteflika’s removal from the presidency post which he has been holding from the last 15 years, to end the escalation of the political crisis.
The protest started peacefully but later pressurized military to stabilize the situation of the country. Protesters have said: “Street pressure will continue until the system goes.”
A protester said, “We have only one word to say today, all the gang must go immediately, game over.” Others shouted “the people want the fall of the regime”.
On Tuesday, lieutenant general Ahmed Gaed Salah, the army chief of staff, has asked the nation’s constitutional council to rule whether Bouteflika, 92-year-old, was fit for the office.
“You are Titanic. You will sink,” protesters shouted.
A former military intelligence officer said: “There is a risk in involving soldiers in the protests because the soldiers are young. They could end up not listening to orders to confront protesters.”
However, Salah received backing from the main trade union and ruling FLN party, signalling Bouteflika’s time was all and up.