Anti-Government Protest in Algeria Muffled

Algerian authorities have put down actions by anti-government demonstrators both on the streets and the web.

Similar to events in the region, such as Tunisia and Egypt, Algeria has also experienced rallies against a leader who has been in power for over a decade. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power since 1999.

According to the New York Times, witnesses saw thousands of police officers with clubs prevented protesters from marching in the May 1 Square in the capital of Algiers. Several arrests were made.

An additional measure has been taken by Bouteflika's government to control the uprising by shutting down the Internet, according to the International Business Times. Online communuication and social media were major tools in the the Tunisian and Egyptian protests.

Varying reports have come out about the number of participants in the demonstration, said the New York Times. Some sources, including rally organizers, said there were thousands while others have said as low as a few dozen.

Unrest has been a common sense of atmosphere in the country for years, yet the large amount of police suggest the government is much more cautious in light of recent events.

"I am sorry to say the government has deployed a huge force to prevent a peaceful march. This is not good for Algeria's image," said Mostafa Boshashi, head of the Algerian League for Human Rights.

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