Christian Lowe and Lamine Chikhi
Feb 12, 2011
Thousands of police in riot gear poured into the centre of the Algerian capital on Saturday to stop a planned demonstration from copying the uprising which forced out Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
A group of about 20 protesters managed to reach the square where the protest march is scheduled to start later, and shouted “Bouteflika out!” — a reference to the Algerian president — before police in riot gear arrested some of them.
Officials have banned the opposition march, setting the stage for possible clashes between police and demonstrators who are demanding greater democratic freedom, a change of government and more jobs.
Mubarak’s resignation on Friday, and last month’s overthrow of Tunisia’s leader, have electrified the Arab world and led many to ask which country could be next in a region where an explosive mix of authoritarian rule and popular anger is the norm.
This article was posted: Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 3:07 am