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Algeria protests: Bouteflexit complete. Now what? - African Arguments
A huge, diverse and overtly political movement has removed President Bouteflika. Now attention turns to the transition. It all started just six weeks ago, on 16 February, with protests in the small town of Kherrata in eastern Algeria. Of all places, it had to be here to capture the symbolism of this “Algerian Renaissance”; Kherrata was one of three towns where the French massacred an estimated 45 000 people on 8 May 1945, giving impetus to the war that would eventually lead to Algeria’s independence in 1962. From Kherrata, the protests quickly grew in numbers and presence. By 22 February, …