PARIS – Hundreds of demonstrators are protesting in Algeria's capital to demand the ouster of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika — but police are out in far larger numbers to counter the protesters.
The protest on central Martyrs Square comes two days after the government ended a 19-year state of emergency born of Algeria's bloody Islamic insurgency. The move aimed to ease tensions after weeks of anti-government strikes and protests.
President Barack Obama praised that move as a step toward responding to public concerns.
The demonstration Saturday, led by a political opposition party, was far smaller than protests that have brought down autocrats in fellow North African countries of Tunisia or Egypt.
Algeria's Interior Minister says protest marches in the capital of Algiers are still banned.