The prison is once again full of prisoners of conscience: more than 60 prisoners are currently serving their sentences.
After Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune decided to pardon convicted Chirac activists and grant the temporary release of those who have not yet been tried, the prison was once again shrouded in prisoners of conscience.According to the updated data on the website, they are now 66 years old Algerian detainees.
The Algerian authorities chose to step up the protest to prevent demonstrators from returning to the streets every Tuesday and Friday. This popular protest movement started in early 2019 and resumed at the end of February after a year of suspension due to the pandemic.
The regime now accuses Chirac of infiltrating “Separatist Circle” with “Illegal Movement Approaching Terrorism”, As President Tebbon recommended after the High Security Council meeting on April 6, he tried to drag him into violent action.
This specifically targets the Kabylia Self-Determination Movement (Independence Movement), which is banned but not recognized in the Chirac and Rachad movements, which includes certain components of the former Islamic Redemption Front.
In addition to the usual accusations of unarmed gatherings and attacks on national unity, there are often accusations of ties to foreign countries. Nacer Meghnine, the chairman of the very active cultural association SOS Bab-El-Oued, was remanded in custody on Tuesday, April 20. The other members were detained under judicial supervision.The Algerian police statement stated that the association “criminal”, Accused him of engaging in subversive activities, which were funded by a diplomatic representative of a major country, but were not cited.