Have you heard from Algeria? The living dead and the silence of the media in North Africa

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Over the last few days, demonstrations of historical proportions have been taking place across Algeria, in response to President Bouteflika’s announcement that he wants to continue in his position for a fifth term. The demonstrations are some of the biggest the country has seen in recent years and have been dubbed an ‘Algerian Spring’. “Y’en a marre!” (we’ve had enough), “dégage” (get out) cry out the protestors, reminiscent of the Tunisian Revolution of 2010-11.

Why have the Algerian people had enough of Bouteflika? Why have we heard so very little about it? It’s hard to find this information due to the corruption and silence of  most media outlets on the issue, so I took to Twitter to find out what’s going on.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, of the National Liberation Front (FLN), has been in power since 1999. He was involved in the fight for independence from France in the…

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