They have continued to stage mass demonstrations each Friday, demanding sweeping reforms and the departure of regime figures including army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah and interim President Abdelkader Bensalah. But ahead of this week’s protest, security forces erected fences in a bid to prevent demonstrators from accessing the site. Local news site TSA reported police in Algiers had made “massive arrests among the protesters”. It also noted a heavy presence of female police officers for the first time since the protests began. While Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui have remained relatively quiet, Salah has given three speeches in as many days this week.
Source: The North Africa Journal May 24, 2019 16:59 UTC