On December 12th, Algeria held its first elections since the ousting of its long-standing President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. However, the elections were marred by low turnout, with the protest movement viewing all candidates as members of the establishment.
Students across Algeria have condemned the upcoming Presidential elections as being rigged, warning that all five candidates belong to the elite class that are accused of having ruled Algeria behind the scenes for decades.
Veterans who fought alongside Algeria's president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the 1954-1962 war of independence against France say it is 'duty of Algerian society' to protest against his seeking a fifth term in office.
Amnesty International has warned the Algerian government against the use of excessive force ahead of the massive anti-government protests. Citizens of Algeria have been calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to renounce his plans to extend his 20-year presidency.
The announcement by the President of Algeria, Abdelazizi Bouteflika, to run for a fifth term in the upcoming elections has caused hundreds of demonstrators to take to the streets to protest this decision.