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Algeria sends students home early amid Bouteflika protests

10 March 2019

On Tuesday, March 5, the hospital received more than 1,500 calls, stated de Saussure.A video that was secretly filmed confirmed the presence of Bouteflika at the hospital in Geneva.

"There are 40 million Algerians who want to know where the president is", Nekkaz told the crowd of a few dozen people that had assembled outside HUG.

The wave of protests was triggered by the announcement last month that Mr Bouteflika would seek a fifth term in office in April's election.

08 de marzo de 2019, 16:46Argel, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Algerians took to the streets of this capital and other cities of the country to demonstrate peacefully against a fifth term of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

A policeman died while another entered a serious condition in Algiers demonstrations, activists claimed online.

Bouteflika, 82, suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since.

Arab news channels broadcast live video of the demonstrations, which showed Algerian security forces blocking the road to the presidential palace as protesters attempted to approach the landmark.

Bouteflika has been in Switzerland for almost two weeks receiving what his office has called routine medical checkups.

It's the third Friday running people have protested, and the demonstrations have continued into the week.

The president who doesn't speak Algeria protests: The beginning of the end? On Wednesday the hospital said it has been bombarded with calls about the president.

The head of state has been in Switzerland since February 24 for what the presidency describes as "routine medical tests", and a date for his return home has not yet been announced.

The powerful military is girding against eventual chaos, while protesters in the North African nation are relishing the notion of an Algeria reborn.

At the time, his government contained pro-democracy protests in Algeria with promises of reform and pay rise, financed by the country's revenues from oil and gas.

Algeria sends students home early amid Bouteflika protests