Ahmed Ouyahia stated today that opponents have the right to think differently but only indoors. In a press conference which aired today, he announced that there will be “no recourse to the street for the presidential election. The state has proven in the past that it can control the street. We made it clear to opponents to request allocated indoor venues. But, they will not get the people out on the street. We will prevent them from controlling the street or cause anarchy” (paraphrased excerpt).
As a reminder, Algeria is one of a few countries in the world where it is illegal to gather and protest in public spaces. A policy criticised as “repressive” by many international human rights activists and analysts.