February 12, 2011 by staff
Algeria Egyptinspired, Tunisia and Egypt people in Algeria have now taken to the streets despite a government ban on public demonstrations has been established since 1992.
On December 17, 2010, street vendor Tunisian Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Ben Bouazizi fire began to protest against the confiscation of his property repeated. It was the debt while trying to keep his small business afloat despite his property being confiscated on a regular basis.
His act was a catalyst that sparked street protests that saw the Tunisian people turn to protest against the autocratic government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Algerian battled riot police Saturday to pro-democracy demonstrators inspired by the popular uprising in Egypt, according to published reports.
Protesters stormed the center of Algiers, the capital; a day after demonstrations in Cairo Egypt forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of reign.
News reports said it was unclear how many people came to the event; organizers estimated that 10,000 were present when the government put the official turnout of 1,500.
The reports of arrests also varied in number from 400 to 1,000. Algerians took to the streets in January for five days to protest against high food prices.
In Egypt, the military leaders on Saturday pledged to abide by international treaties of the country, including its peace treaty with Israel, and adherence to peaceful transition elections.
(AFP) – Up to 2,000 Algerian demonstrators briefly forced a police line Saturday when they tried to call for March forbidden regime change one day after the fall of Fort Egyptian Hosni Mubarak.
The protesters, made to 800 by the police but is estimated at 2,000 by journalists on the scene, found themselves once again blocked by the security forces massed, who had surrounded the area, backed by armored vehicles.
There were scuffles with security forces and numerous arrests, well before the March called by the National Coordination for Change and Democracy (NCCD) had to begin at 11 am (1000 GMT), according to witnesses.
An AFP journalist saw two arrests, one of them a member of the opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), Othmane Maazouz.
Other journalists reported seeing several other arrests.
The protesters, including Bejadj Ali, a leader of the banned Front Islamique du hello, chanting “Free Algeria” in Arabic or “diet out!”
The President of the RCD, Said Sadi, told AFP by telephone that he was shocked that 90-year veteran human rights activist Ali Yahia Abdelnour had been manhandled by police.
He said police had violently dispersed a rally on Friday; people celebrate the downfall of President Mubarak and made 10 arrests.
“It was not even a protest. It was spontaneous. It was an explosion of joy,” he said.
Early Saturday the authorities took drastic measures against the planned event with nearly 30,000 police officers deployed in the capital along the proposed route of March.
Anti-riot vehicles and water cannons were seen at the ready near the spot where she was to begin.
Police checkpoints on roads leading to the city following suicide attacks in 2007 have been strengthened and uniformed police patrolled the streets.
Traffic jams have started an hour earlier than usual, around 6:30 (0530 GMT), with drivers honking constantly nervous.
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