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Police and protesters clash in Algeria

media Police block off ALger's streets last week Farouk Batiche / Reuters

At least 45 people were arrested ahead of protests in Algeria on Saturday. They included the honorary president of the Human Rights League Mouloud Boumghur, the support committee in Paris told RFI. The town of Aliyahi Abdenour was particularly heavily hit.
 

Thousands of riot police were deployed to prevent the demonstration in Algiers, inspired by successful movements in Tunisia and Egypt.

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About 2,000 people - 800 according to police - broke through  the cordon to reach reach the central 1 May Square which was named as the point of departure for the march.

There were more arrests at the protests, with others in Oran and Annaba in the east of the country.

Scuffles broke out and security forces arrested demonstrators early Saturday as pro-democracy campaigners assembled for a banned march calling for regime change.

They chanted slogans calling for the toppling of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

A solidarity demonstration has been organised in Paris on Saturday.
 

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