March 1, 2019 / 1:45 PM / a year ago

Algerian police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in capital

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian police on Friday fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in the capital demonstrating against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plan to extend his 20-year rule by seeking a fifth term in April elections, witnesses said.

The crowd was quickly building up, with tens of thousands walking through the center of Algiers within one hour of the start of the protest, residents said.

Reporting by Lamine ChikhiWriting by Ulf Laessing, Editing by William Maclean

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