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Anger in Algeria sparks fresh riots

Anger in Algeria sparks fresh riots
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Algerian authorities have been struggling to maintain order after a wave of riots over food prices and unemployment swept the country.

In the capital Algiers, heavily armed riot police tried to crack down, surrounding mosques and suspending football matches as fresh violence broke out.

In the city’s popular Belcourt district, the showdown between hundreds of youth’s and police resumed after Friday prayers, repeating similar clashes that took place earlier in the week.

Despite riches from Algeria’s oil and gas boom, there is high youth unemployment and basic consumer goods have rocketed.

However, analysts say the unrest is unlikely to drag the North African state back to the political upheaval and civil strife seen in the 1990s.