Dozens of injured in Algerian student protest

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Dozens of injured in Algerian student protest

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Clashes in Algeria between student protesters and police have left dozens of injured on both sides.

Several thousand students took to the streets yesterday for the latest of a number of demonstrations over poor conditions in higher education and unpopular reforms.

They want the government to scrap a new law they argue devalues their qualifications.

“We’ve had enough of those in power”, they chanted.

One student said: “people are here because they feel the ministry has let them down and the only hope they still have is the President. He is the only one who can save Algerian students.”

The students tried to march on the presidential palace, but were kept well away while Abdelaziz Bouteflika hosted an African Union meeting on Libya.

Unemployment especially among young people is rampant in Algeria, where the largest employer is the state.

Graduates argue the few opportunities that exist are being diluted by the new law that gives equal status to lesser qualifications.