In Paris, the Algerian diaspora stands up against the breakdown of Algiers-Rabat relations –

The Algerian diaspora is working to maintain in France the vigor of the popular anti-regime uprising, put under the extinguisher by an unprecedented wave of repression of the regime.

Members of the Algerian or binational diaspora, several hundred activists of the Algerian popular protest movement marched Sunday, August 29 in Paris to again demand a general change of regime in Algeria. “Dying system”, “Dictatorial power”, “For the liberation of all prisoners of conscience”, a dozen groups have come together to call for a march, very symbolically, between the Place de la République and that of the Bastille. The marchers waved both Amazigh (Berber) and Algerian flags, but also Moroccan flags and had come as a family.

During this demonstration, the protesters argued that the decision to sever relations with Morocco “is only an attempt by the power to divert the attention of its citizens from internal and external failures, by creating a virtual enemy which is the Kingdom of Morocco ”according to our sources.

On Friday, the Moroccan embassy “closed, the ambassador and all staff were repatriated to Rabat,” said a media source. The Algerian authorities announced Tuesday the severance of diplomatic relations with Morocco, advancing unfounded accusations, even fanciful. Morocco, for its part, regretted this “completely unjustified” decision and rejected “the fallacious, even absurd, pretexts which underlie it”.

All the demonstrators agreed to reject several facts, the legitimacy of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, badly elected in December 2019, the reform of the Constitution, the legislative elections shunned by civil society, and the regime’s last authoritarian turn. They still hold it against the regime which was preparing a bill aimed at stripping Algerians in the diaspora of their nationality, in particular for acts “prejudicial to the interests of the State”, withdrawn at the last minute after having sparked a violent controversy.

Before a few weeks, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was “increasingly concerned” by the situation in Algeria where several fundamental rights, such as the rights to freedom of opinion and of peaceful assembly, “continue to be attacked”, explaining in particular that peaceful marches had been prevented by the authorities.

Determined to put an end to the Hirak protest movement, the Algerian authorities have banned their demonstrations and are increasing the number of legal proceedings under false pretenses against opponents, activists, journalists and academics.

More than 300 Algerians are currently in prison in connection with Hirak and / or individual freedoms, according to the National Committee for the Liberation of Prisoners (CNLD), a support association.

Following the Algerian decision, Morocco stressed that it “will remain a credible and loyal partner for the Algerian people and will continue to act, with wisdom and responsibility for the development of healthy and fruitful inter-Maghreb relations”, according to a press release. of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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