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Algeria: “Facebookers’ Rally” Commemorating the Anniversary of Cease-fire Prohibited

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Algeria, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Protest

A rally instigated by anonymous Facebook users [1] [ fr] to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the  March 19, 1962 cease-fire [2] in Algeria did not take place. The demonstration calling for “an end to the dictatorial system in place for almost 50 years” was initially planned to occur in front of the main post office of Algiers; an impressive security detail prohibited the gathering. Three unemployed young people were arrested by the police before being released two hours later.