October 10, 1988 |
Violent clashes between rioters and security forces that have rocked the nation spread Sunday into southwestern Algeria. Diplomats and hospital sources in the capital said at least 50 people may have died in five days of protest across the country, but other unofficial estimates put the death toll at more than 100. Diplomats have blamed the riots on rising prices and widespread unemployment among youths who feel that the benefits of a cautious liberalization have passed them by.
June 29, 1998 |
Rioters stoned police and stormed government buildings in the east after tens of thousands of people attended the burial of a slain singer who had defended the minority Berber culture. Police responded with gunfire, killing at least one person, as rioting over Thursday's slaying of Lounes Matoub, 42, continued, witnesses and officials said. Matoub was the latest Algerian artist to be killed during a six-year Muslim insurgency that has claimed more than 75,000 lives.
May 31, 1990 |
Algerian youths, angered at a police raid on a black market, rioted for six hours, burning two police vehicles and a municipal truck, Radio Algeria said Wednesday. Riot police were deployed to restore order in Tablat, 44 miles east of Algiers, on Monday night, the radio said. Rioting erupted when police seized goods worth $1.25 million from a black market store and detained the owner. The government launched a campaign in May to stamp out black marketeering.
September 10, 1989 |
President Chadli Bendjedid on Saturday fired Prime Minister Kasdi Merbah and replaced him with a reformer to speed up the transition to multi-party democracy in Algeria. Bendjedid named Mouloud Hamrouche, 47, as prime minister and urged him to "lead to their conclusion, in a resolute fashion, the economic, political and social reforms."
November 6, 1988 |
World Travel Watch is a monthly report designed to help you make informed judgments about travel throughout the world. Because conditions can change overnight, always make your own inquiries before you leave home. In the United States, contact the nearest passport agency office; abroad, check in with the nearest American embassy . Asia --China: A wave of thefts of freight and luggage has hit China's trains. Keep an eye on your bags.