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US News Hirak Movement in Algeria. New sentences to heavy prison terms

03:05  28 september  2020
03:05  28 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le « Hirak » est un mouvement de contestation pacifique né en février 2019 d'un immense ras-le-bol des Algériens qui réclament un profond changement du « système ». © FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP The "Hirak" is a peaceful protest movement born in February 2019 from an immense fed up of Algerians who demand a profound change of the "system" .

Algerian justice has sentenced Brahim Laalami, one of the Hirak figures, to three years in prison. Authorities have targeted activists, political opponents, journalists and internet users for months to prevent a resumption of the peace movement.

Algerian justice on Sunday sentenced Brahim Laalami, a figure of the popular protest movement "Hirak", to three years in prison, we learned from the National Committee for the Liberation of Detainees (CNLD) .

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Meanwhile, Khaled Tazaghart, a former deputy and anti-regime activist, was sentenced to one year in another trial, according to the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH).

Brahim Laalami was appearing in court in Bordj Bou Arreridj, southeast of Algiers, for a total of seven cases, CNLD spokesman Kaci Tansaout told AFP.

"Incredible and inadmissible" sentence

The CNLD, an association supporting detainees in the "Hirak", qualified the sentence as "incredible and inadmissible" .

Brahim Laalami was arrested again on September 8 a few days after being released from prison following a reduced sentence. He was sentenced in July to 18 months in prison for, among other things, "contempt of body" and "contempt of an official".

Several tens of thousands of demonstrators in Bangkok for a show of force against the government

 Several tens of thousands of demonstrators in Bangkok for a show of force against the government © Provided by Le Point Several tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Saturday evening near the former royal palace in Bangkok to demand more democracy and demand the resignation of the Prime Minister, many demanding a reform of the powerful monarchy, taboo subject in Thailand . The demonstration began on the campus of the faculty of Thammasat, scene in 1976 of a massacre where dozens of pro-democracy students were killed by the police, supported by ultra-royalist militias.

This young tailor notably went out alone in Bordj Bou Arreridj in February 2019 with a large sign against the candidacy for a 5th term of the ousted former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Nine days later the “Hirak” broke out. Another "Hirak" activist, ex-MP Khaled Tazaghart, received a one-year jail term on Sunday in a court in Béjaïa, Kabylie (eastern part of the country), LADDH said.

Arrested on Saturday, Mr. Tazaghart was presented for immediate appearance.

Willingness to prevent a resumption of the "Hirak"

He was accused of "incitement to gatherings", "publications on social networks undermining public order" and "non-compliance with sanitary confinement", told AFP Said Salhi vice-president of the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights.

"This is a verdict that worries, that scares us. Until now, there had not been such heavy sentences in Béjaïa ", underlined Mr. Salhi.

The authorities have been targeting activists, political opponents, journalists and Internet users for months, increasing the number of arrests, legal proceedings and convictions, in order to prevent a resumption of the "Hirak", suspended by the health crisis.

According to the CNLD, some 60 people are currently in prison for facts related to the protest, most of them for posts on Facebook.

The "Hirak" is a peaceful protest movement born in February 2019 out of an immense fed up with Algerians who demand a profound change in the "system" in place since independence (1962).

Fleury-Mérogis Prison: after the removal of the bus stop, a new line created .
© LP / Bartolomé Simon Fleury-Mérogis, this Friday, September 18, 2020. The bus stop for the DM05, main line access line to the prison, no longer served. After reaching 2200 signatures, Manon Ventura's petition is closed. This activist from the Faresol association is delighted with the announcement, this Monday, September 28, of the creation of a new bus line dedicated to serving Fleury-Mérogis prison. Since the start of the school year, this stop on line DM05 is no longer served.

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