On 4 September 2011, human rights defender Mr Yacine Zaid was summoned by police to present himself in the town of Batna, south east Algeria. Yacine Zaid is the President of the Ligue Algérienne de Défense des Droits de l'Homme (LADDH) in the province of Laghouat.
Yacine Zaid was summoned by the criminal investigation unit of the central police station in the town of Batna. Batna is located some 500km from the city of Laghouat where Yacine Zaid lives. Prior to the summons, Yacine Zaid had never been to Batna, and it remains unknown why he was summoned to present himself at a police station in a province some 500km from where he lives.
In the afternoon of 4 September, Yacine Zaid was interrogated about his involvement in LADDH, his engagement with the National Coordination for Democratic Change (CNCD), and about his online blog as well as other social networking activities. He was also questioned about his alleged membership of an apparently new online movement named Chaouie Youth for Change (Jeunesse Chaouie pour le changement / Chabiba echaouya litaghyr).