‘There is no plan that will satisfy today’s 10 million' Algerian protesters
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A huge crowd of protesters flooded the streets of Algiers on Friday, the first mass demonstrations since the resignation of ailing longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and a show of strength by those pushing demands for reform. The demonstrators are calling—for the removal of what they see as an outdated and opaque political apparatus, built around the ruling party, army officers, businessmen, unions and veterans of a 1954-62 independence war against France. "We want to uproot the symbols of the system," said teacher Ahmed Badili, as the crowds jammed downtown streets.