Algerian Army Chief of Staff and Deputy Defense Minister, Ahmed Gaid Salah, on Tuesday, warned that the ongoing protests may turn into violence, the state-run ENTV channel reported.
Salah held a two-day visit to the southern province of Tamenrasset, where tens of thousands of troops are deployed to secure southern borderline amid terror threats coming from the Sahel region.
While addressing army troops and officials, Salah reacted to the anonym internet calls for marches in Algeria.
He warned that “all those who call for violence, under any circumstance or motive, are, actually, overlooking the desire of Algerians to live in peace and security.”
This was the first time that the military institution reacted to the protests that started on Friday.
On Monday, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, also commented the massive protests, as he called on citizens to be “vigilant” so that they would not be used by anonymous parties to sow chaos in the country.