Pro-reform rally in Algeria
Algiers, Feb 19: Algerian police thwarted a rally by thousands of pro-democracy supporters today, breaking up the crowd into isolated groups in a bid to keep them from marching.
Police brandishing clubs, but no firearms, weaved their way through the crowd in central Algiers, banging their shields, tackling some protesters and keeping traffic flowing through the planned march route.
The gathering, organised by the Coordination for Democratic Change in Algeria, comes a week after a similar protest, which organisers said brought an estimated 10,000 people and up to 26,000 riot police onto the streets of Algiers.
Officials put turnout at the previous rally at 1,500.University students and nurses are among those who have held intermittent strikes, joined by the unemployed.
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