Algerian police prevent pro-democracy protest, arrest journalists

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Algerian police prevented a pro-democracy protest rally from taking place in the capital Algiers on Friday and detained several people including journalists, among them an AFP photographer, AFP correspondents said. Demonstrators were preparing to take part in the weekly Hirak movement protest when they were jostled and taken into custody by police in the city centre, an AFP journalist and other witnesses said. AFP photographer Ryad Kramdi was detained in the working-class Bab El Oued neighbourhood for an identity check and was taken to a police station. He was released in the evening after eig…

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