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Lecture: "The Hirak: 2019 peaceful protest movement in Algeria" (African Week)

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Whitehurst Hall, Whitehurst Living Room
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
804-289-8061
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Presented By Professor Alek Baylee Toumi, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

After holding power for twenty years, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, unable to walk or speak, was “nominated” again, by Le Pouvoir (Power) as its presidential candidate for the upcoming election.  In February 2019, to prevent a fifth term of this 82 years old president, the Hirak (movement) was born.  Made up mostly of young people, this non-violent Hirak quickly spread all over Algeria.  Professor Toumi will talk about this new political movement that has been a peaceful protest march and how it led to substantial concessions, despite the fact that it lacks any leadership figure that could negotiate for a transition with Le Pouvoir. If the Generals who have been ruling Algeria since independence abandoned Bouteflika and quickly sided with the Hirak. Le Pouvoir FLN has consistently attempted to divide the movement and seems not ready yet to hand in power to democratically elected civilians.