Algerian police disperse protest against Bouteflika’s fourth term
Algerian demonstrators hold their national flag and a t-shirt reading - AFP/Farouk Batiche

CAIRO: A number of demonstrators were dispersed by Algerian security forces Saturday after gathering to protest against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth term in April’s presidential elections, Al-Shorouk newspaper reported.

Protesters were carrying national flags and were wearing t-shirts depicting the words “No to a fourth term” during the protest against Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999.

Algerian security forces arrested four Al-Shorouk journalists during the protest, including Abdel Nour Boukhamkham, Rachedi Radwan, Zeinab bin Zaita and Yousef Baalog. Journalist Gehad Ramadany was also beaten by police during the demonstration.

The protest was organized by activists who gathered in front of Central University in Maurice Audin Square in the center of Algiers, condemning Bouteflika’s running for a fourth term despite his health problems, which are raising doubts about his ability to lead the country.

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