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Algerian police prevent pro-democracy rally

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Algerian police prevent pro-democracy rally


Fresh attempts to stage a protest rally in Algeria’s capital have been hampered by riot police.

Demonstrators, led by Said Sadi, head of the opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy, were again prevented from gathering in Martyrs’ Square.

This for the third consecutive Saturday.

The crackdown in Algiers came despite the lifting of a 19-year-old state of emergency by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday. While a concession to opposition groups, the move is unlikely to satisfy calls for more democratic freedoms.

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