Calm prevails in Algeria after weekend of protests

08:54, January 11, 2011      

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The situation in most of Algerian cities was back to normal after protests sparked across the country against skyrocketing food prices, APS news agency reported Monday.

At least four Algerians were killed and 736 policemen and 53 civilians were wounded after the recent wave of violence in the oil-rich North African country.

Apart from some hotbeds of tension that still persist in some provinces, including Annaba, about 600 km east of the capital Algiers, calm has largely been restored after a turbulent weekend.

A wave of protests and riots erupted in Algeria on Wednesday in protest at soaring food prices.

The government said on Saturday that it would contain a surge in prices of some consumer products.

Despite considerable achievements since the early 1990s, Algeria still suffers from high rate of unemployment and insufficient diversification of its exports.

Source: Xinhua
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