Now is NOT the Time to Stop: Protesters in #Algeria plan to demonstrate tomorrow despite ban, #Anon #OpAlgeria restarts 11pm GMT

“FREE-THINKING CITIZENS OF THE WORLD,

The Algerian government imposes, upon its own citizens, intolerable restrictions on their basic liberties. The Algerian government wants to enforce a future where injustices remain unchallenged and where existing exploitation of one man by another remains unpunished. The Algerian government hides the truth from its citizens and denies them free expression and access to information. Let’s call for an end to censorship. Now is the time for freedom and transparency, a time for people to express themselves freely and to be heard from anywhere across the world. How else than through well informed citizens can a society prosper and flourish?

The Algerian government hereby declares itself an enemy of Anonymous and the people. Anonymous hears the cries for freedom from the Algerian people, and has decided to step up. We cannot, and will not, remain silent while this injustice is being done. Anonymous will help them in this struggle against oppression. We believe the Algerian attempts at censorship and oppression are doomed to fail if each one of us takes up our individual responsibilities: For only we, the people, decide to make it so.”

~statement from #OpAlgeria press release

With Hosni Mubarak gone from Egypt, people around the world are starting to realize their collective power and agency. With this in mind, Algerian protesters plan to demonstrate tomorrow on the 11th despite a longstanding ban on demonstrations. This ban has been in effect for 19 YEARS ever since the Algerian Civil War. The Algerian government has promised the state of emergency will be lifted, but protesters are skeptical. The National Coordination for Change and Democracy (CNDC) has called for tomorrow’s demo. The CNDC is a coalition of opposition protesters, unions, parties, movements and the like. In other words, there is a MASS opposition movement like we’ve seen in egypt. The protesters goal for this demonstration: The lifting of the state of emergency of course, the immediate resignation of the Algerian president, an end to censorship and bans of political parties and a whole laundry list of other government abuses. Put simply, they are a pro-DEMOCRACY opposition. Already there are 30,000 police in Algiers in anticipation of the protest.

And you guessed it, online activist group Anonymous has an operation to show solidarity with the algerian demonstrators:

And here’s the press release

And to anyone that says these freedom ops by anonymous don’t do anything but DDOS, here’s a link to the care package being distributed allowing Algerians to circumvent internet censorship and surveillance. (The same thing was done in #OpEgypt btw)

More info and analysis as things and after I get some sleep.

-vanzetti

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~ by Vanzetti on February 11, 2011.

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