Algerian pro-democracy march put down by police

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Posted: Mar 05, 2011 11:57 AM
Algerian pro-democracy march put down by police

Algerian pro-democracy protesters' fifth bid in six weeks to march in the capital has been put down by police.

Unlike pro-democracy movements in neighboring Tunisia and Libya, Algeria's demonstrations have yet to get off the ground.

On Saturday, police put down three separate march bids in the capital which also drew demonstrators who turned out in favor of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

A group that had been organizing the protests has split in two, with a political wing, which tried to march Saturday, and a grouping of human rights leaders and unions which has chosen to work more closely with the population.

Many Algerians say they are tired of conflict after being subjected to years of violence because of an Islamist insurgency.