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Algerian police break up Bouteflika protest

Algerian police arrest demonstrators during a protest against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika running in the April presidential elections in Algiers on March 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE

ALGIERS: Police used clubs to break up a small demonstration Saturday by Algerians opposed to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term in elections next month.

Around a hundred people waving signs reading "No to a fourth term" and "No to the humiliation of Algeria" were prevented from gathering in front of a university in the capital by police, one of the organizers, Hakim Raissi, told The Associated Press.

Bouteflika, 76, has not appeared in public for two years and is visibly weaker since suffering a stroke last year. Even so, he is expected to win the election with the backing of the powerful state apparatus.

Several opposition parties have already called for a boycott of the election, saying its results would be a foregone conclusion.

 

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