ALGERIA CULTURE MINISTER QUITS AFTER CONCERT STAMPEDE
Written by Millennium on August 26, 2019
Algeria’s culture minister has resigned, after the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a packed concert by a popular rapper.
Meriem Merdaci’s resignation follows public outrage over Thursday’s stampede in the capital, Algiers.
Thousands had gathered at a stadium to see Abderraouf Derradji, better known as Soolking, perform when a stampede broken out at one of the entrances.
French-based Soolking, 29, is a huge star in the North African state.
His song La Liberte, or Freedom, is often heard at protests that have been taking place in Algeria every Friday to demand political reforms following the forced resignation of long-serving ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.
SOURCE: BBC News