Spring has come to Algeria!
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's attempt for a fifth presidential term in power unleashed the people's wrath. To FLN's regime high corruption, there's also, due to worldwide capitalist crisis, a growing up unemployment and misery. And this new attempt for a fifth term is what it broke the whole situation loose.
Since mid February there's been mobilization, as well as mass arrest and repression by the government; there have been strikes by different worker's union too. The central union, UGT, who favored Bouteflika's fifth presidential term and is close to the FLN, had to pull back and call for a 5-days general strike on March the 5th.
By mid March Bouteflika had to renounce to any attempt to keep up in power, but he also delayed the call for a general election. While the government keeps being supported by the FLN and the RND (two main bourgeois parties) the masses rallies against it go on.
In April the 2nd Bouteflika had to resign, because the masses mobilization made him lose the Army's support, headed by General Ahmed Gaid Salah. The provisional head of government is Abdelkáder Bensalá, a RND member, who was a close collaborator of Bouteflika and who lead the Parliament for 17 years straight.
Bensala's new interim government has call for general elections in a 90 days limit, to attempt to calm down the masses. However the Algerian people do not believe the elections will be cleans one, even when the government has been forced to legalize other political parties. The fact is that the FLN has been ruling Algeria since 1962, and in 1992, with the aid of imperialism, it perpetrated a coup'd etat against the FIS, an Islamic party that had won the first call of elections. And while fighting a civil war against Islamic guerrillas, Bouteflika has been ruling Algeria since 1999 until now.
The Algerian masses are fighting for democratic demands, because they think that having free elections they'll be able to put an end to their suffering. But, just like Venezuela and countries alike, petroleum prices had lowered, harming Algeria's economy; petroleum means 95% of its exports and 60% of Algeria's incomes. And the IMF and Paris Clubs "aid" imposed bigger privatizations and payments for debt interest, worsening the crisis as well as unemployment, and according to "official data" it raises to 12.3%, of which 18% are youth. But since the "transition" it's controlled by the regime's parties and the Army the Algerian people keep up with protest and mobilizations and there's no political analyst, not even from the bourgeoisie itself, who believes these mobilization will stop with the elections alone.
This happens because of the capitalist system and not due elections themselves. The masses must fight and defend any democratic and civil guarantees, especially in a country with such a military past, in order to be better prepared to fight against the imperialist and the national bourgeoisie's plans of misery and starving; to do so, they must build their own political party.
But also in order to fight for a revolutionary worker's government. Because as long as Algeria's working class and poor people don't have in their hands and ownership of the natural resources and all the wealth made in Algeria, they will keep fleeing to Europe, the USA or any other imperialist nation, where the bank account of the Algerian bourgeoisie, the Army and their partners are.
No money for debt, expropriation and state ownership of the means of production (such as petroleum, fishing) along with the bank system and the foreign trade, all of it under control of the workers themselves are fundamental measures that only workers in power can do.
• Freedom to all political prisoners - Stop repression!
• No confidence on Bensala; carry on the fight until the FLN-RND-Army regime falls down!
• No Money for foreign debt!
• Break up the State and religion!
• To expropriate and state ownership of the land, the foreign trade, the bank system and natural resources, all of them under workers and poor peasant's control!
• For a general strike! Face the repression with self-defense committees!
• Develop worker's organizations in order to build a revolutionary workers government!
• Build a Socialist Revolutionary Worker's Party, for its absence it's was preventing to finish off the industrial and technological delay of Algeria and all other semi-colonial nation. And to end with exploitation, repression and misery all over Magreb and the arab lands, driving further socialist revolution to the whole world!