Buzek on recent developments in Algeria
Following recent developments in Algeria, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek stated:
« I call upon the Algerian authorities to refrain from violence and respect their citizens’ right to peaceful demonstration. Any and all demonstrators arrested should be released immediately. The continuing state of emergency is unjustifiable and clearly hampers Algeria’s prospects for the fair, peaceful and sustainable development of the country.
Earlier this month I welcomed the announcement of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to lift the state of emergency in Algeria. It is but a first step in responding to the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Algerian people, but even this step has yet to materialize. Opposition groups, civil society, and especially young people should have the right to freely express their criticism of the government. No government can ignore the call of its people. »