Algeria jails protesters over waving Berber flags

A court in Algeria yesterday sentenced 21 protesters to six months in jail for “undermining national unity”, local media reported.The court’s verdict included a six-month suspended prison sentence for protesters arrested for raising a flag representing the country’s Berber minority, Algeria Press Service ( APS ) said.Some ten million Berbers live in the east of Algeria. They have long suffered marginalisation. They speak Tamazight which was recognised as an official language alongside Arabic in Algeria in 2016.Weeks after protests erupted in the country in February, some protesters were seen holding the Berber (Amazigh) flag alongside the national one. Police arrested them and banned them from bearing flags other than the Algerian flag. INTERVIEW: Redouane Boudjemaa, ‘The Algerian hirak is a rebirth of the Algerian nation’ The court postponed the sent ...Read more

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