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09 December 2023

42 injured in banned Algerian protest: opposition

Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in downtown Algiers, January 22, 2011. A small group of Algerian opposition supporters trying to hold a banned protest clashed with police in the capital and several people were injured. (REUTERS)


Forty-two people were injured during clashes Saturday between police and pro-democracy activists at a banned demonstration in the Algerian capital, opposition leader Said Sadi told AFP.

"Forty-two have been wounded, two of them seriously. All of them have been taken to hospital," the president of the Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), said. The party's spokesman Mohsen Belabbes, was among the injured, Sadi added.

Police meanwhile said seven of their men were injured during the protest, two of whom were in a serious condition, according to the APS news agency.

And the Ennahar daily said in a statement that one of its photographers had suffered serious head and shoulder injuries while covering the demonstration after someone threw a chair out of a first-floor window of the RCD's offices.

Sadi said there had been multiple arrests at the demonstration, without giving a precise figure while the police put the number of arrests at five.