Algeria police violently disperse election protest

AP , Wednesday 16 Apr 2014

Police officers detain a protester during a demonstration against Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term, in Algiers April 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Algerian police violently dispersed an attempt by opposition activists to stage a protest in the capital against the president's running for a fourth term in Thursday's elections.

Only a few members of the grass-root organization Barakat were able to assemble in central Algiers Wednesday before police tackled them and forced them to march away in front of a group of international journalists.

Past protests by Barakat — which means "enough" in Arabic — were allowed to take place in Algiers.

The group has protested against the political system, and particularly President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Despite failing health, Bouteflika is expected to dominate Thursday's election.

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