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Algeria army chief orders move to cut protests in Algiers


Added 09-18-19 12:35:02pm EST - “Algeria's army chief has ordered members of the military to arrest people heading into the capital for weekly pro-democracy demonstrations - and to seize their vehicles - claiming that some come with "malicious intentions."” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Algeria army chief orders move to cut protests in Algiers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algeria’s army chief has ordered members of the military to arrest people heading into the capital for weekly pro-democracy demonstrations - and to seize their vehicles - claiming that some come with “malicious intentions.”

Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah’s tough new stance, announced on Wednesday, comes days after a December 12 date was set for presidential elections - just as he had demanded.

In his speech, Gaid Salah said that for some, coming into Algiers from other regions, has become a “pretext to justify dangerous behavior.”

Protest marches held in Algiers and other cities since Feb. 22 forced then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from office after two decades. Gaid Salah also called for the president to stand down.

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