Algeria announced on Sunday that it will ban unauthorised demonstrations, a move that observers say is aimed at bringing to an end a years-long protest movement seeking democratic reforms. This, Al Jazeera reports, as protests by the Hirak movement gained momentum in recent weeks after a months-long hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The interior ministry said all protests, many of which have now transformed into wider calls for systemic change, would need a permit that specified the names of organisers and a start and finishing time for the demonstrations. A move that would mean naming specific individuals as formally responsible for a hitherto leaderless protest movement.