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Algeria: Arbitrary Arrests at Election Protests

Expand Protesters march in a cloud of tear gas fired by riot police as they denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, March 1, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Fateh Gudoum (Beirut) – Algerian authorities should allow Algerians to assemble peacefully and refrain from using excessive force against demonstrators opposing a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Human Rights Watch said today. During huge demonstrations on March 1, 2019, security forces used teargas to disperse the crowd approaching the office of the president. In previous demonstrations that began on February…

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