Two Killed in Riots over Services, Jobs in Algeria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Two demonstrators were killed when clashes broke out late on Friday between riot police and residents demanding better living conditions in southern Algeria, residents and a hospital said.
Riots over public housing and services are common but rarely result in deaths in the OPEC oil-producing country where the government uses energy revenues to fund subsidy programs to avert unrest.
Some 25 protesters were also reported to have been injured in the riot in Touggourta, southern Algeria, after disillusioned youth took to the streets to protest against lack of subsidized housing, drinking water and jobs, Reuters reported.
There was no immediate comment from local authorities.