Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Algeria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Algeria

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Jan. 17. In the past week, four men in Algeria set themselves ablaze to protest the government, rising prices, and unemployment. The public suicide attempts were similar to the self-immolation act conducted by a Tunisian man on December 17 which sparked protests there. [Al-Jazeera, 1/17]

Jan. 22: Algerian police broke up a banned pro-democracy rally in Algiers. The 300 demonstrators hoped to press the government to overturn a law banning public gatherings. At least 19 people were injured. [Al-Jazeera, 1/22]

Feb. 12: Protestors marched in Algiers, calling for greater democratic freedoms, a new government, and more jobs. The protestors were outnumbered by riot police, and security forces closed all entrances to Algiers and arrested hundreds of demonstrators. [Al-Jazeera, 2/13]

Feb. 14: Hundreds of youth took to the streets in Akbou to protest the rising unemployment rate. At least 30 people were injured when security forces used tear gas and batons to combat the protestors. [BBC, 2/14]

Feb. 19: Hundreds of Algerians gathered in May 1 Square as protests continued there from the previous week. …

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