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(en) France, oclibertaire - COURANT Alternatif CA #311: Algeria at the time of the hirak: protest and repression (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 22 Jun 2021 09:40:46 +0300

An overview of the social fire that smolders in Algeria ---- The review of the National People's Army (ANP) echoed, in threatening terms, the social unrest that is going through Algeria: "This time, under the cover of certain protest movements and social demands. , the subversive elements continue their criminal and provocative actions by inciting workers and employees in certain sectors to launch strikes, apparently motivated by the demand for certain rights but which, in reality, aim to defeat the next legislative elections and, by the same, to engage the country in an impasse which it would do without. These subversive elements and others who were preparing explosive attacks against citizens, are in fact two sides of the same coin, their objective is to make Algeria bend by resorting to all means, by exploring all avenues and by executing several subversive plans with the aim of provoking the streets and generalizing chaos, from the scarcity of products to the high prices, inciting strikes, insulting and slandering them. state institutions and its security forces in desperate attempts to wreak havoc and spoil the way for the new Algeria.»(El Djeich, May 2021).

With this anti-social and paranoid rhetoric which characterizes the propaganda of the military-police regime, the high command of the ANP recalls that it is on the side of the bourgeois order by criminalizing the autonomous action of workers through adoption. elements of language hitherto reserved for the fight against armed Islamist groups or, more recently, Kabyle nationalists. Two reactionary movements - Rachad (founded by former members of the Islamic Salvation Front) and the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylia (created by singer Ferhat Mehenni) - have just been classified as "terrorist organizations" by the High security council which chooses, through this action, its complementary enemies (TSA, May 18, 2021).
The services of Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad announced in a statement that "an exploitation of trade union activity by certain subversive movements aimed at sowing fitna has recently been identified, movements which had been identified in the past and their plans denounced "(Liberty, May 8, 2021). Here again, it is a question of disqualifying social movements, assimilated to "fitna", that is to say discord, by borrowing from the religious register.
So what happened during the last period to make the authorities show so much excitement? The Algerian press, despite its shortcomings in this area, gives us an overview of the smoldering fire in the social field.

On April 18, workers from the Directorate of University Works of Tamda (Tizi Ouzou), affiliated to the UGTA, went on indefinite strike to denounce mismanagement and demand respect for union activity (Le Soir d'Algérie , May 10, 2021).
On April 21, thousands of workers in the public and private sectors, supported by the local UGTA union, demonstrated in Béjaïa, like the 800 employees of the Algerian Costume Unit, on indefinite strike to demand the departure of the director (L'Expression, April 22, 2021).
On April 27, the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Brahim Boumzar, was dismissed from his post following the strike, deemed "illegal", which affected Algeria Post in mid-April (Le Quotidien d'Oran, April 28, 2021 ).
On May 2, the 260 workers of the Regional Rural Engineering Company (ERGR) of Béjaïa began an indefinite strike to demand the payment of the last two months of unpaid wages and a commission of inquiry into the management of the company ( Liberty, May 6, 2021).
Following the rally, on May 2 in Algiers, of civil protection agents who demanded the improvement of their working conditions, the Ministry of the Interior decided to suspend 230 firefighters and to prosecute them (L 'Expression, May 5, 2021).
In the commune of Azazga, 74 precarious workers from the Social Integration System, who receive a monthly salary of 5,000 DA, began a strike of several days to demand an improvement in their situation (Liberté, May 20, 2021).
On May 19, students from Lounici-Ali University in El Affroun (Blida) blocked access to the establishment to defend educational demands, supported by the General Union of Algerian Students (Le Soir Algeria, May 20, 2021).
The attacks on their homes of teachers in Bordj Badji Mokhtar sparked a general strike by their colleagues on May 19 and a sit-in in Adrar, located nearly 800 kilometers away (Liberté, May 20, 2021).
Finally, it should be noted that the education sector is marked by a protest movement, which, since April, has taken the form of cyclical strikes, with the support of an inter-union which brings together 14 organizations (Le Midi Libre, May 10, 2021).

Nedjib SIDI MOUSSA May 22, 2021

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