Army arrests 5 suspects for planning attacks in Algeria

The suspects “planned attacks against peaceful protests across different parts of the country”
Algerian Army arrests 5 suspects planning attacks
05 July 2019, Algeria, Algiers: Algerians scuffle with security forces during a march calling for the departure of the Algerian regime coinciding with the Algerian Independence Day at the capital streets. Algerians took to the streets to mark the day which falls this year on Friday that had witnessed their weekly protests against figures of the former regime since the departure of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April and also Algeria marks its Independence Day to commemorate independence from France on the 5th of july 1962. Photo: Farouk Batiche/dpa

The Algerian army has arrested five suspects for planning “attacks” against anti-government demonstrations that have started in the country since February 22, the defence ministry said on Sunday. The suspects “planned attacks against peaceful protests across different parts of the country”, it said in a statement, adding they were arrested in “anti-terrorist” raids last week in the Batna region southeast of the capital Algiers.

It identified the suspects as “terrorists”, a term Algerian authorities use to describe armed Islamists who have been active in the country since the early 1990s. Algeria has been rocked by months of protests since longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced in February he would run for a fifth term.

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He quit office but protesters have kept up the mass demonstrations, calling for an overhaul of the “system” and departure of key Bouteflika-era figures. Interim president Abdelkader Bensalah has proposed a “neutral” national dialogue, without the involvement of the state or the military, to prepare for new presidential polls.

His proposals, backed by powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah who has emerged as the country’s key powerbroker since Bouteflika’s departure, have failed to calm protesters. Massive rallies continue to be held weekly on Fridays in Algiers and other key towns.

In recent weeks, police have detained dozens of demonstrators – releasing them at the end of the Friday rallies. Observers say the detentions and other measures including heavy police deployments are meant to discourage protesters from taking to the streets.

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