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Algeria police violently disperse election protest

  • Algerian police arrest a protestor from the Barakat movement (meaning in Algerian Arabic "That's enough"), as they demonstrate in Algiers on April 16, 2014 against Algeria's current President Bouteflika Abdelaziz running for a fourth term in the presidential elections. (AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE)

  • Algerian police arrest a protestor from the Barakat movement (meaning in Algerian Arabic "That's enough"), as they demonstrate in Algiers on April 16, 2014 against Algeria's current President Bouteflika Abdelaziz running for a fourth term in the presidential elections. (AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE)

ALGIERS, Algeria: Algerian police violently dispersed an attempt by opposition activists to stage a protest in the capital against the president's running for a fourth term in Thursday's elections.

Only a few members of the grass-root organization Barakat were able to assemble in central Algiers Wednesday before police tackled them and forced them to march away in front of a group of international journalists.

Past protests by Barakat - which means "enough" in Arabic - were allowed to take place in Algiers.

The group has protested against the political system, and particularly President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Despite failing health, Bouteflika is expected to dominate Thursday's election.

 

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