Students demonstration

Students are Algeria’s pride

in North Africa/Opinion

On Tuesday the 16th of April, thousands of students braved the streets of Algiers and other cities to demand the fall of the corrupt regime. They are Algeria’s unsung heroes.

Algerians can be proud, very proud of their youth. Despite the repeated attempts by Algeria’s prime minister Noureddine Bedoui, potentially the Mexican cartels’ African connection, as we’ve seen in a recent article and to a large extent Algeria’s Baltaji-in-chief, to intimidate our youths using brutal and treasonous methods, their unflinching mobilisation not only remained intact but increased as we’ve witnessed during Tuesday’s demonstrations.

In the western world, students don’t have to deal with this kind of BS, they are cherished and rightfully so, as they represent the future of a nation. In Algeria, they’ve been attacked, abducted and humiliated by the Algerian police forces, police forces which instead of dealing with real crime, as in any respectable nation, have been tasked with viciously targeting what is essentially teenagers.

Today marked another milestone in the Algerian government’s rapid fall to the bottom of the barrel, secret service elements were sent to kidnap students at Algiers’ main law school, they were bravely chased off by the courageous students and had to promptly get back in their blacked out SUVs to slogans such as “Dégage” which translates to “get lost”.

They got lost indeed… as can be seen in the video below.

Let me let you something right off the bat, these same secret service officers if faced with a real trained force, would put their weapons on the floor, hide and beg for mercy, just as we saw during the Iraq invasion with Saddam’s “elite” forces. They act tough only when facing unarmed civilians, children and women.

In the western world, the secret service are tasked with countering foreign threats, they’re at the forefront of the nation’s defence apparatus, in Algeria, they are instrumentalised by a bunch of coward, corrupt traitors at the head of the state, to intimidate political opponents, or in this case, teenagers.

We, as Algerians, must be grateful for our amazing youths, be them students or simply the youths marginalised by the corrupt regime. We thank you for your courage, maturity and patriotism. You will always be remembered and your names will be forever engraved in Algeria’s history books, unlike most members of the Algerian regime who will forever be remembered as traitors.

Jeffrey Nicholson contributes to the Algiers Herald in affairs related to public relations and politics. He has in the past worked as a senior officer for a large PR multinational based in the U.K.

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