Thousands of Algerians hit streets on Hirak protest movement anniversary

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Thousands of Algerians marched on Monday in the capital and other cities to mark the second anniversary of the North African nation’s anti-government “Hirak” protest movement, AFP journalists said.

It is the largest march seen in Algiers since the suspension of the Hirak marches on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protest movement in April 2019 forced longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika into resigning.

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On Sunday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a government reshuffle which saw few major changes, according to a list published by the presidency.

Among those keeping their posts are under-fire Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad and Justice Minister Belkacem Zeghmati, seen as a symbol of Algeria’s judicial crackdown on protesters and opposition activists.

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