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Tear gas, rubber bullets used on children and the elderly during protests (VIDEOS)

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Just when we thought the Algerian military junta currently in power cannot fall any lower, orders were issued to thugs dressed in uniforms to provoke the peaceful demonstrators in Algiers, reports our special rapporteur.

Unlike the previous protests, the military junta has this time opted for using tear gas and water cannons on peaceful demonstrators, seeking to provoke the crowd which remained peaceful despite the provocations. The first tear gas use was reported at around 1 P.M when demonstrators started to gather.

Amongst the demonstrators were many families, children and the elderly.

Many have been injured and tear gas was even used inside a crowded tunnel in the city centre, trapping and asphyxiating the demonstrators amongst which many were children as young as 4 years old, requiring immediate medical attention.

Other reports also emerged of the use of rubber bullets on the peaceful demonstrators.

The Algerian DGSN blatantly lied and denied the use of tear gas in the tunnel late in the evening, despite thousands of eyewitnesses and clear images and videos illustrating the contrary.

The DGSN also arbitrarily arrested students early on Friday, which were subsequently, falsely, accused of being troublemakers. In addition, the DGSN went as far as inventing a story about foiling a potential terrorist attack on demonstrators.

As a result of these acts, the Algiers Herald invites its readers to submit reports to the International Criminal Court against Gaid Salah and Noureddine Bedoui, for subjecting young children to toxic gases.

Complaints can be sent to the following email address: [email protected]

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