Social media breaks 'wall of fear' for Algeria protesters

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AFP
Cairo
Tens of thousands of Algerians have rallied against their president's bid for a fifth term in office, which has been "broken the wall of fear".
"No to a fifth term", "civil disobedience" and "Algeria rises up" are just some of the popular hashtags urging Algerians to protest against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's determination to seek re-election. The 82-year-old leader has been in power for 20 years and has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013. He went on to win polls the following year, but since then something has changed.
"The internet has allowed Algerian youth to see more culturally, economically, and politically," said Brahim Oumansour, a Paris-based researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations. IRIS).
"All this serves to amplify the anger, disappointment and frustration of not reaching the achievements of other countries," said Oumansour. When protests began on February 22, young Algerians were not only calling for president to go.

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