Algerian Montrealers protest their longtime president

Members of Montreal’s Algerian community held a demonstration against their country's longtime president.

82-year old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power for 20 years, is sick, and wants to run again.

"For 20 years, they kept silent because they don’t want it to be like Syria or Libya. Now, Algerians want to say enough is enough", said Hanza Bendaoudi, who attended the Sunday protest and spoke with CTV. 

"It’s not just because he’s old. If he’s old and is in good health, that’s possible. But he’s very sick, he can’t speak at all and he hasn’t spoken to his people since 2012. He’s completely absent", added Bendaoudi.

Bouteflika, who turned 82 on Saturday, underwent medical checks in Switzerland last week.

It wasn't clear if he returned to Algeria.


- With files from CTV