Algerians show their discontent: images from the protests

Large-scale protests are continuing in Algeria against President Bouteflika. Now aged 81 and in poor health, he has been president since 1999 is seeking re-election for a fifth term in office (see previous blog post).

Today student demonstrations are being organised though there are reports of police blockades aimed at preventing them from marching.

Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke in 2013, uses a wheelchair and rarely appears in public, travelled to Switzerland on Sunday for what are described as routine medical checks.

The protests clearly have a lot of public support. They appear to be non-partisan, with a single demand: to deny Bouteflika a fifth term.

Below is a selection of images showing banners and other campaign material posted on social media during the last few days.

The number 5 — alluding to Bouteflika’s fifth term — features prominently in the campaigning. Here’s one popular example:

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This crossed-out number 5 conveys a clear and simple message. The words say “No to the fifth term. I am Algerian, I am against it.”
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Flag combines the Arabic word for “NO” with a number 5
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Demonstrators position themselves to spell out “NO 5”
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“No to the fifth term” — with five Algerian flags
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The decline of Bouteflika, in five stages
Another reference to Bouteflika’s failing health
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Bouteflika as a dinosaur. Poster alluding to the film Jurassic Park
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Notice posted on door: “Return my country Algeria to me. Set her free or imprison all of us together”
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Computer joke. The “democracy” app has failed to install. “Please clean the system”

Originally published at al-bab.com.

Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: www.al-bab.com. Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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