Algerian riot police deployed to stifle protests

– Protests Bouteflika Algeria

For the previous fortnight, there has been speculation over whether the protests in Egypt which led to the resignation of its president, Hosni Mubarak, will generate a "domino influence" across the Arab entire world.

The newest sign of unrest is the selection by Algeria's federal government to flood the streets of the capital, Algiers, with riot police to deter would-be protesters. "I am sorry to say the government has deployed a large force to avert a peaceful march. This is not excellent for Algeria's picture," said Mustafa Bouchachi, a leader of the League for Human Rights.

Earlier today, crowds of folks had attempted to defy the country's ban on public protests – in spot since a state of emergency was declared in 1992 – by marching from Might 1 Sq.. Numerous chanted "Bouteflika out!" – a reference to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999 – though the rally's organisers did not particularly call for his resignation ( via ).

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