Skip to content

Dozens of people injured in riots in Tizi Ouzou

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
4/22/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Frustrated college students clash with security forces in commemoration of nation's 'Black Spring'

Dozens of people have been injured in riots at Tizi Ouzo, which is east of the capital of Algiers in Algeria. The unrest erupted after 77-year-old Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected for a fourth term.

The unrest that has been swirling around the region in the Berber-speaking area of Tizi-Ouzou is reason for concern among the local population.

The unrest that has been swirling around the region in the Berber-speaking area of Tizi-Ouzou is reason for concern among the local population.

Highlights

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/22/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Tizi Ouzo, unrest, riots, Black Spring


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The unrest comes during the commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the Black Spring in 2001. In that incident, 127 young people were killed in violent riots.

Security forces this past weekend prevented a Tizi-Ouzou University student march. Frustrated, angry students throwing stones clashed with riot police. In Tizi Ouzou's downtown, security forces clamped down on any attempts to mark "Black Spring," which is known here as "Tafsuth Imazighen."

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

One reason behind the demonstrations is for the government to formalize the Tamazight language. Fights broke out in 2001 when angry youths pelted paramilitary gendarmes after the death of a young student, Guermah Massinissa, in Beni Douala, near the Tizi-Ouzou district. The gendarmes replied by firing tear gas and water cannons before they resorted to the use of real bullets.

The unrest that has been swirling around the region in the Berber-speaking area of Tizi-Ouzou is reason for concern among the local population. The risk of violence spilled into other Algerian regions remains fresh in the minds of those who remember the massacre of 2001. 

In the meantime, the Algerian government is urging the population in Kabylia to remain calm. The situation is growing more confused as youths are reinforcing the protesters ranks.

"The situation is worsening as youths are fighting without a real objective," Hamid Akar a student in the Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi-Ouzou says.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More Africa

'Half-Man-Half-Beast sent by the Devil' sparks fear in South African village (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Image of A deformed stillborn lamb has caused a surge of fear in a South African village.

A sheep in South Africa has given birth to what the village elders are calling a "half-human-half-beast sent by the devil." LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Murdered Priests: Clergy need protection in wake of horrifying circumstances Watch

Image of Bishop Balla's body determined the death was not a suicide.

After determining that one of their confreres was murdered two weeks ago, the bishops of Cameroon have called on the national government to ... continue reading


How to get Pope Francis to visit South Sudan: Bishops offer encouraging advice Watch

Image of Photo series shows a real-life situation in South Sudan. [photo by: Dream World - South Sudan]

The news that Pope Francis will not be able to visit South Sudan this year prompted the nation's bishops to voice reassurances that a ... continue reading


Suicide or Murder? Missing Bishop's body found dead in river Watch

Image of Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Balla's vehicle was found abandoned with a note reading, 'I am in the water.'

Cameroon Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Balla was found dead on June 1st. Bishop Balla was reported missing on May 30th after a note was ... continue reading


26 Coptic Christians BRUTALLY MURDERED on bus to St. Samuel Monastery - many of them CHILDREN Watch

Image of The death toll of those killed during this attack is expected to rise.

Twenty-six Coptic Christians have been brutally murdered while on their way to the St. Samuel Monastery in Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.