Over 70 Anti-Government Protesters Detained, 11 Policemen Injured In Algeria - Reports
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 16th March, 2019) At least 75 participants of anti-government protests were detained and 11 police officers were injured in the unrest in Algeria on Friday, Al Arabiya has reported, citing the country's police.
The rallies against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 82, have been rocking Algeria since mid-February, sparked by the president's announcement that he would seek his fifth term in office at the upcoming elections.
Though Bouteflika subsequently backtracked on his plans to run in the presidential race, the protests continued.
Moreover, earlier this week, Algeria's Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra and newly appointed Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui held a joint press conference in Algiers, seeking to calm tensions and calling for dialogue to resolve the situation.
Yet, the protesters continued their demonstrations calling for immediate political changes.