Algerian security forces on Friday barred protesters from entering the capital’s central Al-Barid Square.
Roughly 2,000 demonstrators attempted to converge on the square Friday morning, but were prevented from doing so -- for the first time -- by police.
Al-Barid Square has become a symbol of an ongoing popular uprising in Algeria, which prompted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down last month after weeks of popular protest against his 20-year rule.
Despite Bouteflika’s resignation, however, protesters have remained on the streets of Algiers -- and of other cities -- to demand the departure of all Bouteflika-era officials, including interim President Abdelkader Bensaleh.
The army is currently overseeing a 90-day transitional period and has promised to hold presidential elections on July 4.
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