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Algerians defy police cordon in first protest since election call

The Arab World | 2019-09-20 17:44:58
Algerians defy police cordon in first protest since election call
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched Friday in the center of Algiers in the first significant test of the months-old protest movement since the government called an election for December.

They were marching despite several high profile arrests of opposition activists over the past week and an order by powerful army chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah on Wednesday for police to seize vehicles bringing protesters to the capital.

Reuters
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