Clashes mar peaceful protests As Algerians march anew #In_AlgiersApril 22, 2019
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Police fired intense volleys of tear gas and used water cannons in clashes in the Algerian capital during the eighth week of massive Friday demonstrations that forced the president to resign and now aim to rid the nation of its interim leadership.
Police arrested 108 people in the confrontations in Algiers, the capital, in which 27 officers were injured, police said, adding that four of the officers were in serious condition.
The Algiers clashes tainted what have been peaceful nationwide protests that have been a source of pride for the North African nation whose population is trying to do away with the political system that has prevailed since independence from France in 1962.
Police moved in with tear gas.
Security forces then went after crowds with tear gas at key points around the city center where protesters gather, including the iconic central post office, the main gathering point for the pro-democracy movement.
When tear gas was fired at protesters at the junction of a boulevard and a road leading to the president’s office, cries of “Allaoh akbar” and “Peaceful!
Some shouted “Authorities – Assassins!”
Much of the anger was focused on the interim president, Bensalah, seen as a remnant of the old regime.
the protesters shouted, as a river of people adorned in green, white and red Algerian flags wove through the city.
Anger is also mounting at military chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, who was instrumental in Bouteflika’s departure but then threw his support behind Bensalah.