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.
As a result of the economic problems that the North African country faces almost 8 years after the Arab Spring, many youth have began to protest the increase in the cost of living in Tunisia. However, their protests were met with clashes with the Tunisian authorities, which arrested 18 protestors.
Basra residents, who have been protesting to demand services and jobs, are disappointed with the new government for not appointing any minister from Basra and call for the establishment of a Basra federal region.
Last week, the protests in Basra resulted in the burning of government offices, political parties HQs, and the Iranian consulate. Since then, the protests have calmed. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police numbers, while government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night.