Date & Time: July 30, 2021 – 8pm
Location: Washington, D.C.
The 2019–2021 Algerian protests, also called Revolution of Smiles or Hirak Movement, began on 16 February 2019, six days after Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his candidacy for a fifth presidential term in a signed statement.
The Democracy Movement played the major grassroots role in the campaign to ‘keep the pound’, from launch quickly establishing a large crossparty network of supporters and branches ready to campaign against euro membership in the referendum that was then promised. Its then chairman Paul Sykes pledged to spend £20 million on the campaign and the Movement claimed to be distributing “millions” of pro-pound leaflets through a series of ‘Democracy Days’ of national, concerted action by its branches.