The European Commission today called the authorities to respect the “freedom of expression and assembly” guaranteed by the Algerian constitution.
“When we talk about demonstrations, the rights to freedom of expression and assembly are enshrined in the Algerian Constitution” stated Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for the European Commission, during a press briefing in Brussels. “We are expecting for these rights to be exercised peacefully and guaranteed in accordance with the rule of law“. Maja Kocijancic also stressed “the importance of the partnership between the EU and Algeria” and reaffirmed Brussels’ commitment “to continue to deepen our relations with the aim of creating a common and shared space of stability, democracy and prosperity“.
Today, several thousand students demonstrated again in the capital and in several cities of Algeria against Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term, and moreover calling for the fall of the regime all together.
“Several candidates have submitted their applications” added Maja Kocijancic, “It is now up to the Algerian constitutional council to confirm their compliance with the Constitution and the electoral law“.