Samir Benlarbi (centre), an Algerian opposition figure of the “Hirak” movement, tries to stop plain clothes policemen from detaining a protester in Algiers in February 2019. Photo: AFP

Algeria regime ‘exploiting coronavirus’ to defeat protesters

  • Using new laws against spread of fake news and hate speech, authorities are targeting bloggers, journalists and activists, analysts say
  • ‘Hirak’ protest movement had succeeded in toppling president Abdelaziz Bouteflika after two decades in power
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Samir Benlarbi (centre), an Algerian opposition figure of the “Hirak” movement, tries to stop plain clothes policemen from detaining a protester in Algiers in February 2019. Photo: AFP
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