The “National Committee for the Release of Detainees” in Algeria revealed that 23 detainees have gone on hunger strike since last Wednesday, after they were arrested during a rally of the protest movement.
The committee said in a post on its Facebook page, “23 detainees are going on a hunger strike for the fourth day in El Harrach prison in the capital, in which they have started since Wednesday, April 7.”
On the third of April, 24 people were arrested on charges of “undermining the integrity of the homeland and unarmed gathering”, during an attempt by Hirak activists to demonstrate in the center of the Algerian capital.
The committee indicated that other activists were arrested on Saturday in Algiers, especially in the Kasbah (the old city) and Bab al-Wadi al-Shaabi neighborhood.
Last February, about forty detainees were released under an amnesty from President Abdel Majid Tebboune.