At least 35 prisoners have been released in the last 24 hours in Algeria, following an apology granted by President Abdelamjid Tebouni, the National Committee for the Liberation of Detects (CNLD) said on Saturday.
On Friday evening, the Ministry of Justice announced the release of 33 people prosecuted for “actions related to the use of social networks”, noting that procedures for other detainees were underway. He did not provide further figures on Saturday.
The CNLD, a consortium that helps prisoners of conscience, also reported for release on Saturday.
On 22 February, on the eve of the second anniversary of this popular uprising, the release of prisoners, including well-known Hirak activists, took place in many areas.
President Abdelmadjid Teboune on Thursday decided a series of measures to respond to the political crisis that has shaken Algeria, including the release of nearly sixty prisoners of conscience, a gesture of appeasement addressed to the popular protest movement.
According to the latest CNLD data prior to these releases, some 70 people were detained in relation to hirak and / or personal liberty.
Releases on Friday include rival Rakid Nekkaz and journalist Khalid Drereni, who have become symbols of the freedom struggle of the press.
“My fight (for freedom of the press) will continue,” he told French-speaking channel TV5, for which he is a reporter in Algeria.
The European Union welcomed the “excellent news of the release of a large number of detainees by Presidential pardon in Algeria”. “A decision that recognizes the importance of freedom of expression and pluralism in the democratic process”.
After several rallies in the provinces this week, calls have been circulating on social networks across the country, especially in Algiers, for Hirak’s anniversary, to be displayed on Mondays.
In March, Hirac had to postpone his weekly performances due to a coronovirus epidemic.