Protesters, police clash in Algerian capital
A woman waves an Algerian flag at a demonstration on February 12 in southwestern France.
February 12th, 2011
05:43 PM ET

Protesters, police clash in Algerian capital

Tensions erupted in another restive North African nation as security forces in Algeria on Saturday clashed with anti-government protesters who chanted, "Change the power."

Police detained about 100 protesters in the nation's capital of Algiers, according to the Algerian League for Human Rights. The league is one of the main opposition groups that organized the rallies - unauthorized gatherings that came a day after embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

"We are here once again to tell this government that we want an Algeria (that is) democratic," one protester told Reuters television. "That's why we are here today and we will always be, as this power is still here, we will be always here too."

More than 3,000 demonstrators, including activists, students, doctors, and parliament members, joined the rally but were blocked by more than 30,000 police officers, said league president Mustafa Boushashi.

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    the police and the clash.. that would be a good concert..

    February 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rod_Stewart

    I marinate my junk in vinegar.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    The Sharia dont like it RUFFNUTT

    February 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    And Rod Stewart, ick!! Isnt Maggie grossed out ??

    February 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |

      'maggie may' like 'hot legs' but 'young turks' think 'toight's the night'...

      February 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Warface

    the algerian police should learn from their african brothers in Egypt and protect the people. Beating and detaining protesters will only call for mass reinforcement from the people. Respect their rights of your countrymen! Brutality is not a call to answer from higher powers. Freedom is tasty! LIBERTY AND FREEDOM TO ALGERIA!!!

    February 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bleh

    3,000 protesters; 30,000 police? Little out os balance, isn't it?

    February 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      30,000 police??? a force a size of a city, CORRECTION, that's military...

      February 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Engineer

    In all cases, it is time for the Algerians to work much more, and protest less. It is very easy to critisize, but more difficult to lead. One should not forget where we were, and where we are today; $35 Billions of debts before, zero debt now, zero in reserves before, now $150 Billions. The President might not be the best one, but he is far from being the worst. He does not have the stick of Mosses, not the ring of Suleiman. If you have 35 million Algerians, you have a potential of 35 million grumpy people, each of them with a different vision of things. So, it is time to work for the construction of the country, each at individual level, then things would certainly keep improving by themselves. The problem is that we have way too many people whose sole goal in life is to criticize others, and only stick to the faults of individuals instead of concentrating on the good that they do or have...enough good for the President that he stopped the killing among us, and restaured the peace, and this has no price...

    February 13, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. The Bacon Chef

    Fudge them pigs

    February 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Preacherman


    February 14, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |

      Qu'est-ce que les Ivoiriens ont a voir avec ce que passe en Algerie? Les loubards en Washington ont peur d'y perdre control,mais j'espere que cela y passera!!!

      February 14, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Muchas gracias,RUFFNUTT. !Queremos la misme cosa!

      February 14, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |