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Is Tebboune’s Algeria more repressive than Bouteflika’s?

By Farid Alilat
Posted on Friday, 2 July 2021 10:28

Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on 13 December 2019 in Algiers © Fateh Guidoum/AP/SIPA

Although Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has given assurances that the Abdelaziz Bouteflika years are in the past, the opposition is being targeted now more than ever before.

A few years ago, simply mentioning the name of the Antar barracks under the control of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI) was enough to frighten any political opponent, whatever their political affiliation. Although little is known about what goes on inside the walls of this centre located within the Algiers mountains, the few testimonies that have filtered out about the living conditions and interrogation techniques used are enough to scare anyone.