Who remembers the “cleansing campaign” under President Chadli, more precisely in 1982? When you went out for a walk with your girlfriend/boyfriend, you could not walk 2 steps without running into ‘gendarmes’ or policemen who demanded your marriage certificate, or if you could not produce it, would take down your identity. It [seems to have] started all over again just like in 1982, couples in search of some green in Tipasa (a small town on the West coast of Algiers) have been taken to the police station by gendarmes or municipal guards – What’s the crime? Walking hand in hand.
La montée persistante de la menace des courants extrémistes religieux politisés et leur projet d’imposer une vision particulière de l’Islam par le biais de l’institution d’un Etat théocratique et/ou par l’usage de la violence et la terreur.