Algerian anti-riot police have just fired tear gas to disperse a group of protesters who tried to reach the president’s building.
Until now, the protest has generally been peaceful and good-natured.
The protesters, from across the whole city, have come in family groups, women, men, children and the elderly.
All the boulevards, the streets and the staircases of the city centre are crammed full of people, it is impossible to move.
“I’ve never seen such a big protest in Algiers, even in 1991 in the time of the Islamic Salvation Front,” one of the protester was quoted.
It is also bigger than the one in 1992 held by the Socialist Forces Front.