Dozens of people arrested in violent clashes in Algeria

January 29, 2012 16:33


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Police and protesters clashed in Algeria Sunday, resulting in dozens of arrest and 12 injured officers, Al Jazeera reported.

The violent protest in the city of Tiaret happened as the government announced legislative elections, planned for May 10.

According to the report, the clashes erupted after a street vendor attempted self-immolation when police ordered him to pack up shop, and told him that the government no longer allowed street vendors in the western Algerian city.

Demonstrations began on Friday, and continued on until Saturday when the clashes broke out. Police arrested nearly thirty people, and at least 12 officers were wounded, according to the Al Watan newspaper.

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