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Police protest in Algerian capital

Police protest in Algerian capital
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Thousands of community police in Algeria have rallied in the capital Algiers despite a protest ban in the city.

The officers had gathered outside parliament to demand better pay and pensions.

Though many were determined to show their support for President Bouteflika, they accuse the government of ingratitude, insisting thousands of their colleagues have been killed or injured fighting Islamist violence.

One protester said: ‘‘They denied my disability, they gave me only 60 percent, this isn’t enough to live on, this means I have to go back to work.’‘

Since the mid 1990s the community officers have been in the front line of the government’s fight against an Islamist insurgency.

Like many of its Arab neighbours, Algeria has been rocked by large scale protests recently. For the moment, however, those haven’t exploded into an open revolt.