TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)-Civilians flooded the streets of Algiers commemorating the anti-government protest movement that started a year ago on February 22, 2019, spreading to all regions from the country, on Saturday.
The protest came after the recent announcement of country's current president Abdelmadjid Tebboune to designate February 22 as "National day of brotherhood and cohesion between people and its army for the democracy."
The crowd marched towards the Presidency, however, the authorities closed their way using water cannons to repel the demonstrators.
Dubbed the 'Smile Revolution', mass demonstrations began after 82-year-old then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would be running for a fifth term in office.
While Bouteflika dropped his bid and ultimately resigned in April, protests continued with the movement, which is known as “hirak,” demanding a complete political overhaul.