Human rights activist arrested for publicly opposing the Bouteflika regime

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Haj Ghermoul, 37, an activist of the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH) and member of the National Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the Unemployed (CNDDC), has been in prison since his immediate court appearance on Tuesday, January 29th. The activist is from the city of Tizi (8 km from Mascara).

The reason for his arrest? “He simply expressed his refusal of a fifth term of President Bouteflika” his friend Kada told the press. On a photo posted on Facebook, Hadj Ghermoul and a young blogger from the region, Rezouane Kada, brandished a sign in their neighbourhood, on which they wrote “No to a fifth term“.

On social networks, the arrest of the young Ghermoul, unemployed and father of two children (Zakaria and Slimane), caused indignation amongst human rights activists and other citizens who are demanding his immediate release. Arrested by state security in the evening (20:30) of Sunday, January 27th and locked up since, Hadj Ghermoul should appear again this Tuesday, February 5th for what is known in the U.S as ‘contempt of cop’.

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