2020 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year Nominee

Clash with the Police During an Anti-Government Demonstration


Farouk Batiche

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

21 May, 2019

Students scuffle with riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Algiers, Algeria.

Algeria had been embroiled in protests since February. Initially, protests had been aimed at ousting long-time president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, an 81-year-old veteran of Algeria’s independence struggle who had been in ill-health and not seen in public for some time. Bouteflika resigned in April, handing over to a military-backed caretaker government, but demonstrations continued. Protesters demanded the cancellation of the presidential elections set to take place on 4 July and a return to civilian democracy. They also called for the departure of government officials associated with the Bouteflika administration, including the interim president and prime minister. Protests continued into 2020 without successful resolution.

About the photographer

Farouk Batiche

Farouk Batiche is a press photographer with over 20 years of experience in photojournalism, covering stories in Algeria, North African countries, and the Middle East.  &nbs...

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