Murder Riot Symptom of Growing Unrest in Algeria
February 01, 2012
Algerian security forces dispersed a riot on Tuesday by firing water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Cheraga, a suburb of the capital Algiers. The angry residents hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at the paramilitary police demanding increased efforts in the investigation of a local man who they alleged was fatally stabbed by a gang. The father of the victim, Nouredine Ait Ouareth, says the priority is for justice to be served and for the government to give importance to the case, as some locals believed the release of a few of the apprehended suspects was due to their prominent status in society. Redouane, a neighbor of the victim, said they will continue to protest until those responsible are arrested and pay for their crime, and to call for the expulsion of the prosecutor dealing with the case. Riots have become common in Algeria and shares the problems of its neighbors in terms of unemployment and suspicion of governmental corruption. While the recent unrest has been contained and sporadic, such friction between residents and authorities could manifest into a national movement akin to the countries involved in last year's Arab Spring. Report by Noora Faraj.
From The New York Times | Dec 6