Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Algeria Revolution 2011

Susan Brannon
1 May 2011, Italy - The Algerian revolution started on the 20th of January 2011 and continued until the 15th of April.
     The demonstrations were in various cities in Algeria with concerns over the infrastructure, unemployment, poor education, poor health care and to demand more freedom and democracy. The marches were not given approval by the government, but the demonstrations continued almost on a daily baisis throughout the country.
     The demands were different in each city, demand for more airtime for political parties, better educations for the university students, 1000 people demanded housing, others wanted water, public lighting, bumps to slow down drivers and gas connections to their towns.
     They protested by marching, blocking roads, burning tires, self-immolation, and demonstrations.
     On the 22nd of January, 20,000 police officers stopped the protests killing 5 people and injuring 800 others.  On the 23rd of January two opposition groups demanded for the release of the arrested protesters.
     On the 12th of February, the blocked all entry points into Algiers but a few thousand forced their way through but clashed in May First square with 30,000 police.
     The marches continue but the Algerians have not been able to control the square.  As a result, the government lowered the price of food and removed the 19 year state of emergency while promising to alleviate unemployment.
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)

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