Demonstrators have turned out in force to vent their opposition to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election bid.
Police moved in as scuffles broke out in Algiers, arresting both protesters and journalists.
Bouteflika, who’s 76, is under fire from opposition parties over his decision to run for a fourth term.
They have dropped out of an April vote and are calling for a boycott of the ballot, describing it as “unfair.”
Opposition leaders say Bouteflika should make way for a new generation, who want to reform a country they claim has been run behind-the-scenes since independence by a clique of aging elites and army generals.
Bouteflika, who’s ruled Algeria for 15
years, has rarely appeared in public since a stroke last year. But with support from the powerful ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party, he is almost assured of re-election.