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Entertainment Algeria: two figures of the protest arrested before the legislative elections

06:25  11 june  2021
06:25  11 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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of the arrests took place on Thursday evening, at the fore-day of the anticipated parliamentary elections. A ballot in which Algerian voters are called upon to elect the 407 deputies of the future National People's Assembly. It is rejected by the hirak and part of the opposition. One of the issues will be the participation rate, weak at the 2019 presidential election and the referendum on the revision of the Constitution at the end of the last year.

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Karim tabbou was arrested near his home, according to his brother who has Published a message on social networks in the evening. The opponent was under judicial control since the end of April, after an altercation with the President of an official body, the CNDH. Figure of the Hirak, he spent several months in detention between September 2019 and July 2020.

Other arrest reported Thursday night, that of the Journalist Ihsan El-Kadi. The Director of Radio M and the Information site Maghreb emerge was also under judicial control for a little more than 3 weeks, accused, in particular, "disseminating false information able to infringe the national unity", "disturbances of the elections "and" reopening of the national tragedy 'file of the 1990s.

Human rights defenders denounce increased repression with the election approach, which translates into arrests and prosecutions against opponents, hirakists, lawyers and journalists. The National Committee for the Liberation of Inmates currently lists more than 220 people incarcerated for facts related to the Hirak or individual freedoms.

Khaled Drareni journalist, incarcerated for nearly 11 months and released last February, is unreachable from Thursday night. The Organization Reporters Without Borders, of which it is the correspondent, expresses his concern.

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