Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Algeria: Stop Suppressing Protests

Police Ban March and Arrest Organizers Who Called State TV a ‘Propaganda Machine’

Human Rights Watch, May 3, 2010

Blocking even this small gathering that was advocating more pluralism on television news shows the sorry state of civil liberties in Algeria.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch

(New York) – Algeria should end its repressive policy banning all demonstrations in the capital, Human Rights Watch said today after police blocked a small rally planned in front of the offices of state television to demand press freedom. The police detained four protest organizers in the morning as they approached the site, on the grounds of inciting a gathering “that can disturb public tranquility,” an offense under the penal code. The four were questioned, then released in the early afternoon.

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