The United States - by the voice of the U.S. State Department - were called on Sunday evening the Algerian security forces to "hold". A call that comes in the wake of an abortive march in the center of Algiers, while the Algerian opposition called for another gathering next Saturday.
"We take note of current events in Algeria, calling for restraint and the security forces," wrote the spokesperson for the State Department Philip Crowley in a statement. "We also reaffirm our support for universal rights of the Algerian people, including the rights of assembly and expression. These rights apply on the internet "and" must be respected, "he adds, noting that the U.S." will monitor the situation over the coming days. "
As we mentioned on Saturday evening, the National Coordination for Change and Democracy (NCCD) intends to organize another march in Algiers on February 19 next. The NCCD had organized a march this Saturday, February 12, a rally was cut short due to a large police.
"The National Coordinating just finished a meeting and decided to organize a march next Saturday in Algiers," said the phone Me Moustepha Bouchachi movement of the National Coordination for Change and Democracy (NCCD).
Some 2000 people (3000 according to organizers) attempted to march on May 1st instead of Saturday. But soon, they were blocked by police. 25 to 30 000 policemen were deployed in the center but also at the gates of Algiers. After the clashes, more than 300 protesters, according to the Algerian League for the Defence of Human Rights, were arrested several demonstrators, who chanted "Free Algeria", "The regime out!" And "System liberates! . It is not known, however, how many demonstrators were detained.
The march was scheduled from May 1st Place to Place des Martyrs, a journey of about 4 km, but anti-riot units that patrolled the area were blocked. Sunday, the NCCD has indicated that the 300 people arrested were all released.
The NCCD, which includes opposition parties, civil society and civil unions unofficial, was born January 21 in the wake of riots earlier this year that have killed 5 people and injured more than 800 . It requires changing the system, and denounced the "political vacuum" that threatens the Algerian company "bursting".