More than 400 arrested in Algeria at rally demanding reforms

A human rights activist says more than 400 people have been arrested during a pro-democracy protest that brought thousands of people onto the streets of the Algerian capital.

More than 400 arrested in Algeria at rally demanding reformsALGIERS, Algeria (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – A human rights activist says more than 400 people have been arrested during a pro-democracy protest that brought thousands of people onto the streets of the Algerian capital.Ali Yahia Abdenour says women and foreign journalists were among those arrested during Saturday’s demonstration, which came a day after mass protests toppled Egypt’s autocratic leader.

Abdenour, who heads the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights, said some 28,000 security forces were deployed in Algiers to block the march and disperse the crowds.

Organizers of the march said 10,000 people turned out, but officials put the turnout at only 1,500.

Thousands of Algerians defied a government ban on protests and a massive deployment of riot police to march in the capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms just a day after the same demands toppled Egypt’s authoritarian leader. Continue reading