Riots rock Algiers as US woos regime for “counter-terrorism”

Hundreds of protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas and armored cars, in Algiers on Both Oct. 19 and 20. One officer was seriously injured. The clashes broke out on when residents of a shantytown in the Diar Echams district of the city protested that they had not been included on a list of people who qualified for new housing. (Reuters, Oct. 20) The clashes came as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa Vicki Huddleston arrived in Algiers for talks on closer counter-terrorism ties with the regime. At a press conference, she hailed the “good co-operation” between Algiers and Washington on regional security concerns. (Magharebia, Oct. 21)

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