Free Louisa Hanoune and all political prisoners in Algeria

The Algerian people are still mobilised to demand an end to the dictatorial regime of hunger and poverty and in defence of democratic freedoms, after having achieved the resignation of dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika. However, the Constitutional Council postponed the 4 July elections, granting an extension of provisional mandate to the faithful disciple of former President Bouteflika, Abdelkader Bensalah

The general and chief of the High Command, Salah, is pursuing a policy of repression against the mobilisation and persecution of activists. On 9 May, the leader of the Algerian Workers’ Party was arrested on charges of “attacking the authority of the military and plotting against the authority of the state” by the Military Court, together with other activists. A terrible attack on democratic freedoms, perpetrated by the military state of General Salah with the complicity of the interim president.

From the International Workers’ Unity – Fourth International (IWU-FI), we stand in solidarity with the workers and the Algerian people and we repudiate the arrest of Louisa Hanoune and those demonstrating against the regime. We demand the release of all political prisoners. We adhere to the call of 20 June for an international day for the liberation of Louisa Hanoune, the day on which her lawyers would present the lawsuit demanding the lifting of charges and her unconditional release.

International Workers Unity – Fourth International (IWU-FI)

10 June 2019