Algeria’s tidy revolutionaries: Cleanup after mass protests

The cleanup operation is a fundamental part of the Friday protest ritual. (AP)

Algeria’s protesters roam the streets picking up bottles, papers and other litter left behind, after massive pro-democracy demonstrations conclude every week.

After the protests started Feb. 22 against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his entourage, organizers started sending messages on Facebook calling for demonstrators to stay peaceful and clean up after themselves.

Algerian protesters cleaning up. (AP)

Algerian protesters cleaning up. (AP)

Now the cleanup operation is a fundamental part of the Friday protest ritual. Individual volunteers pitch in around Algiers, along with more organized crews wearing orange vests.

Cleanup worker Abdellah Debaili says “we’re happy, because people congratulate us for doing this work.”

Algerian protesters cleaning up. (AP)

Algerian protesters cleaning up. (AP)

The protests forced Bouteflika from office after 20 years in power but demonstrators now want the rest of the political elite to leave as well.

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