'400 arrested during pro-democracy protest in Algeria'

Human rights activist says women, foreign journalists among those arrested during demonstration involving 10,000 people.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 12, 2011 17:58
Algerian protesters holding posters

Algeria protests 311. (photo credit: AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

 
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ALGIERS, Algeria — A human rights activist says more than 400 people have been arrested during a pro-democracy protest that brought thousands of people onto the streets of the Algerian capital.

Ali Yahia Abdenour says women and foreign journalists were among those arrested during Saturday's demonstration, which came a day after mass protests toppled Egypt's autocratic leader.

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Abdenour, who heads the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights, said some 28,000 security forces were deployed in Algiers to block the march and disperse the crowds.

Organizers of the march said 10,000 people turned out, but officials put the turnout at only 1,500.

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