You can literally feel the energy and hope from the people in the demonstrations, but they are facing limitations when protesting. The crowd is full of undercover police. The government has control, and freedom of the press in Algeria is a complicated issue. If the police think you are from another country, it gets even worse. I, the writer of this article, was arrested after taking a camera out of my bag. After being interrogated at the police station, I was released from police custody, but banned from doing any photography in Algeria.
The only thing that is similar for the different groups in the protest march is that they want change. But the groups in the protest come from different backgrounds. The Islamists are screaming at the feminists, and the feminists shout back. A lady screams, “First, we have to save the country, then we can think of the situation for women later.” But one thing is certain, women and men are fighting side by side. They have all had enough. Has Algeria's next revolution started? Only time will show us the answer.
"...Religion by tradition is holding us back, both women and men. I think more men should be feminists, that would help."
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