18 June 2020: There have been increasing calls by pro-democracy militants to resume the Hirak anti-regime protest movement in Algeria, a situation that has prompted an intensification of government repression against opposition figures and rights activists. The Algerian regime faces an exceedingly difficult outlook. Not only the country’s economy is beyond repair in light of the current unpractical and unrealistic policies and the collapse of state revenues, but the antiquated methods of repression used by the security services are making it more likely for opposition to harden its anti-government sentiment over time. In this context, the Algerian regime has squandered all opportunities to fix the mess it has created in the first place, and is now running straight into a trap that it has built with its own hands. In this brief podcast, MEA Risk analyst and Editor of The North Africa Journal, Arezki Daoud, discusses the prospect of a resumption of anti-government protests in Algeria.

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