Students protest in Algiers

By benim
In Algeria
Apr 12th, 2011

Algiers – Thousands of students are marching in Algeria’s capital to demand the resignation of the education minister in the latest anti-government protests to sweep across the Arab world.

The students are defying a longtime ban on protests in Algiers – a measure adopted at the height of Algeria’s Islamic insurgency – and have been blocked by police while trying to reach the government’s headquarters.

Protester Mourad Younsi, an architecture student, said several protesters were injured during Tuesday’s march.

With the march, the students were expanding protests that first began over a new law that dilutes the value of their diplomas.

Algeria has faced sporadic street protests in recent months, but far short of the scale of other uprisings across the Arab world.


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