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Algerian police march on president's office in rare protest prompted by riots

  • Members of Algeria police force demonstrate outside the Algerian presidency, background, in Algiers, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Algerian police have marched to the president’s headquarters in an unusual protest movement prompted by attacks on security forces. The attacks on police in southern Algeria and subsequent protests come amid concerns that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too ill to rule Africa’s largest country. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

    Members of Algeria police force demonstrate outside the Algerian presidency, background, in Algiers, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Algerian police have marched to the president’s headquarters in an unusual protest movement prompted by attacks on security forces. The attacks on police in southern Algeria and subsequent protests come amid concerns that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too ill to rule Africa’s largest country. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of Algeria police force demonstrate outside the Algerian presidency, background at right, in Algiers, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Algerian police have marched to the president’s headquarters in an unusual protest movement prompted by attacks on security forces. The attacks on police in southern Algeria and subsequent protests come amid concerns that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too ill to rule Africa’s largest country. Poster at left reads: "Independent Union", and at right: "We are on Strike". (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

    Members of Algeria police force demonstrate outside the Algerian presidency, background at right, in Algiers, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Algerian police have marched to the president’s headquarters in an unusual protest movement prompted by attacks on security forces. The attacks on police in southern Algeria and subsequent protests come amid concerns that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too ill to rule Africa’s largest country. Poster at left reads: "Independent Union", and at right: "We are on Strike". (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)  (The Associated Press)

Algerian police have marched to the president's headquarters in an unusual protest movement prompted by violence against security forces.

The unrest in southern Algeria and protests in the capital come amid concerns that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is too ill to rule Africa's largest country, an ally in U.S. efforts against terrorism. Bouteflika has been largely absent from the public eye since his re-election in April.

A few hundred police officers protested in the capital Wednesday, a day after a similar march Tuesday.

The protesters are showing support for colleagues in the riot-torn southern oasis city Ghardaia, according to local media. About a dozen people have been killed and many shops burned in the riots, as Berber and Arab communities compete for scarce jobs and housing there.