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Riots Rock Algeria Over Prices, Jobs

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Posted on Jan 7, 2011
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Protesters square off with riot police in the Belcourt district of Algiers on Friday.

Protests erupted in the Algerian capital of Algiers and several other cities this week as people took to the streets over a doubling of food prices and a stubborn 25 percent unemployment rate.

The protests are getting some attention: The government announced that prices for sugar and some other commodities would be rolled back. —JCL

The Guardian:

Fresh rioting broke out in Algiers today as police were deployed around mosques and football matches were suspended after protests over food prices and unemployment.

Riot police armed with teargas and batons maintained a strong presence around the Algerian capital’s main mosques. In the popular Belcourt district, rioting resumed after Friday prayers. Young protesters pelted police with stones and blocked access to the area.

The official APS news agency said protesters ransacked government buildings, bank branches and post offices in several eastern cities overnight, including Constantine, Jijel, Setif and Bouira. In Ras el Oued this morning, buildings belonging to the state-run gas utility Sonelgaz, the council and the tax authority were seriously damaged along with several schools, APS reported.

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By Musabr, January 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment
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Oh really? and what is the truth dig’s perspective on the death of 5000 birds and scores of fish in Arkansas between late last year and January 1st this year?

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By rico, suave, January 8, 2011 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

robbes:

I’m still puzzled. Who enjoys the economic freedom in Algeria? The government or the people? The government’s ability to “roll back” sugar prices arbitrarily tells me the market is not free.

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By Robespierre115, January 8, 2011 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

@Rico, “economic freedom”? That’s what both Algeria and Tunisia have been practicing for almost 20 years now, instead we’re saying the same effect that we already saw turn into major political shifts in Latin America. The “free market” is having a funny way of making leftism and socialism popular again.

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By rico, suave, January 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

robbes:

The “government” is rolling back sugar prices in response to the riots. Do ya think that maybe the “government” is the source of the problem? And maybe do ya think that economic freedom might be a solution? Only askin’.

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By Robespierre115, January 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

Long live the workers of Algeria! They have the courage to do what Americans are still too dumbed down to do themselves.

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By rico, suave, January 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

I gotta tell ya- truthdig knows how to find the stories that cut to the heart of what’s happening in America.

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