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In Algeria, a concert online to support the detainees of the Hirak, organized for Eid El Fitr

A coordination of collective of the algerian diaspora will organize on Saturday a concert in line to support the detainees of the "Hirak," the popular movement antirégime, and to denounce the attacks on freedom of expression in Algeria. Under the title Songs of Freedom (freedom Songs), the musical event will be broadcast Saturday from 21h, time to Algiers (22h in Paris) online on YouTube and on several pages on Facebook, according to organizers. It will coincide with the Eid-El-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of the fasting month of ramadan. Among the artists who will participate in the initiative, the group algerian-québécois Labess, the rocker Sheik Sidi Flat, and the pop singer amazigh, Amel Zen. The star Souad Massi, who is committed to the "Hirak", has also pledged to join the event.

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The idea of the concert is born at the initiative of a group of Algerian diaspora in american, Free Algeria, joined by other associations of Algerians based in France, and by the alternative media Radio Corona International. "I have participated in solidarity with the detainees. It is necessary to free them ! It is not normal to continue to suppress freedoms," said Thursday, AFP Amel Zen. "We have two viruses: the corona and repression," she estimated.

According to the group Labess, "the freedom of expression and respect of Human rights are in danger in Algeria". "The media are muzzled, young people are arrested for simple publications on social networks. We need to support, show that they are always in our thoughts", he wrote on his page Facebook. The names of sixty of the prisoners of the "Hirak," and the photos of some of them are on the poster of the concert that circulates on the social networks.

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The organizers have chosen as slogans in Arabic and in French: "We will not stop ! We will not keep quiet ! For a rule of law ! For a freedom of expression !". In spite of the forced shutdown of the manifestations of the "Hirak" since mid-march, because of the epidemic of Covid-19, the repression continues to cut down on political opponents, journalists, independent media and internet users.

Fifteen activists were sentenced this week to terms of imprisonment, including three of their publications on social networks. The "Hirak", calls for a change in the "system" in place since the country's independence in 1962. In vain, up to now, even if it was obtained in April 2019 the head of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika after 20 years of reign.

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Good, this means that Saturday evening, there will be the flag of Algeria in the streets of France. I would like to say that to express here, will mark the end of Ramadan, under the excuse of the freedom movement. It is as well that there is confusion, put them to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the fight for freedoms in the same sentence is an oxymoron.

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