Selin ATAY-TDO- Mass protests in Algeria, which marked the last year and led to drastic changes in the country's politics, have been banned amid concerns of a new type of Coronavirus outbreak. Activists who participated in the protest channeled their energies into disinfection and awareness campaigns.
After the first case appeared in Algeria on February 24, human mobility in shopping places, markets and other crowded spots across the country, mainly in the capital, dropped visibly.
President Abdulmecid Tebbun announced last Tuesday that mosques were closed in an attempt to prevent the outbreak, as well as banning all forms of mass demonstrations and protests.
The Friday protests, which have been ongoing for more than a year, were not held for the first time last week because of Covid-19. Political sharing on social media has also been replaced by calls to raise awareness and counter the epidemic.
The government initiated sterilization efforts on public spaces and public transport, while civil society movements, which gained strength during mass protests, also participated in awareness campaigns and clean-ups.
Social media groups, which gained notoriety during mass demonstrations, called on the public to stay home to avoid the outbreak.
Protestors in the community in order to increase awareness on this issue shared various social messages in Arabic, English, French.