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Algeria Bolsters Security After Protests

Algeria Riots

Jan. 6, 2011: Youth set fires in the streets of the Belcourt district of Algiers, during the night as part of a protest over the rising cost of living. Violence came after price hikes for milk, sugar and flour in recent days, and amid simmering frustration that Algeria's abundant gas-and-oil resources have not translated into broader prosperity.AP2011

Disturbances broke out in Algeria on Friday as riots over food prices and unemployment forced the deployment of riot police and the suspension of championship soccer matches by authorities.  

Riot police armed with batons and tear gas launchers maintained a strong presence around Algiers’ main mosques and streets, where dozens of trucks carrying the anti-riot force could be seen in the popular Belcourt district, Reuters reports.

The official APS news agency reported that protesters ransacked government buildings, post offices and bank branches in “several eastern cities” overnight, including Constantine, Jijel, Bouira and Setif.

According to Reuters, analysts say the disturbances are far from bringing the oil-producting nation back to the level of political upheaval in 1990 that caused 10 years of civil conflict.

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