Students protest

Students beaten up, arrested for demanding democracy

in North Africa/Stories

Algeria’s police forces severely repressed peaceful students in Algiers today, using batons and tear gas. Dozens have been arrested according to local media reports, at the time of the writing of this article, the students still remain in custody. It is highly likely that the arrestees are being subjected to degrading treatment, if not torture.

Despite the crackdown, the students managed to hold a rally in front of the government palace, before the security forces managed to dislodge them using batons and tear gas.

The thousands of students who marched today in the center of the capital chanted anti-government slogans including demands for “a civil and not a military State“.

Jeffrey Nicholson contributes to the Algiers Herald in affairs related to public relations and politics. He has in the past worked as a senior officer for a large PR multinational based in the U.K.

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