What Happened: Algerian security forces arrested over 100 students who protested in the capital of Algiers on Oct. 8 as part of their regular, weekly march, Tout sur l'Algerie reported Oct. 9.
Why It Matters: A more violent crackdown on weekly student protests is a sign of a more aggressive strategy by the government to ensure that the country still holds its Dec. 12 election as planned. This strategy will likely force the opposition to employ new tactics to voice their dissatisfaction with the country's political transition period.
Background: Protesters have been gathering for regular anti-government demonstrations since February, and longtime President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika stepped down in April. The protests succeeded in persuading the interim government to delay elections past the original July date to allow more time for discussing electoral reform.
- Algeria: Amid a Political Transition, the Government Puts Its Foot Down (Aug. 2, 2019)
- In Algeria, a Test of the Limits of Reform Approaches (June 4, 2019)
- Algeria's Army Chief Invokes Constitution to Remove Bouteflika (March 26, 2019)