Live blog - Eye on Algeria
From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated with reports from our staff across the country and further afield.
February 19, 2011
17:21pm Bouchachi, who was amongst those who were beaten by police earlier today, told Al Jazeera he "wasn't seriously injured".
"The security services prevented people from coming to Algiers from the rest of the country, and they stopped the people who were in Algiers from marching," he said.
He said the National Co-ordination for Change and Democracy (CNCD) will be meeting in the coming days to decide what form their future protest actions against the regime will take.
Tahar Besabess, a member of the opposition RCD party, lost consciousness and was taken to the emergency services at Mustapha Bacha Hospital after he received blows to the head and thorax. He is still in hospital.
Rachid Malaoui, president of the independent union (SNAPAP), had to go to hospital after his leg was dislocated during police violence.
5:03pm The delegation of Algerian Mothers of the "Disappeared" also participated in the protest at Algiers today. Around 100 people attended the protest in Oran, according to the Algerian Human Rights League (LADDH).
4:45pm Latest images from Algeria:
4:13pm Al Jazeera has learned that hospital staff in Algiers have received orders from the security services to not issue any paperwork for the injured protesters.
3:01pm Security forces stepped in after clashes broke out between pro- and anti-government supporters:
2:14pm Algerian police have thwarted a rally by thousands of pro-democracy supporters, breaking up the crowd into isolated groups in a bid to keep them from marching.
1:17pm Hacen Ouali, a correspondent for the El Watan daily newspaper tells Al Jazeera that hundreds of protesters have gathered at May 1 Square.
Mustafa Bouchachi, head of the Algerian Human Rights League and one of the protest's organisers, was amongst those who were beaten by police.
Rachid Maloui, president of the national union (SNAPAP) was also injured by police, Ouali said.
Protesters are shouting slogans calling for an end to the regime, including "corrupt power" and "democracy, liberty and social justice".
1:00pm Protesters in the capital have pushed riot police, who in turn have baton charged them. [Reuters]
12:49pm Karima Dellacha, a spokesperson of the Algerian Human Rights League (LADDH) has told Al Jazeera that police have begun arresting people and are beating up protesters.
12:40pm There are fresh reports of protesters being corralled by riot police into courtyards and areas adjoining May 1 Square. Protesters have been heard chanting "Algeria - free and democratic!"
11:33am Three protesters have been arrested and taken to a police station, Elias Filali, an Algerian activist and blogger has told Al Jazeera. He said that protesters are angry about corruption, authoritarianism and the heavy-handed tactics of police forces.
"The people have lost faith in this regime. This [protest] is a success because ... they have broken this barrier of fear," he said.
May 1 Square has been blocked off, but it appears that protesters are still trickling in.
11:30am "Hundreds" of protesters have now gathered in May 1 Square, though they are outnumbered by more than a thousand riot police officers, who are attempting to divide protesters into small groups.
11:26am A protester has told Al Jazeera that the police have been out in force in the early hours of the day. They were turning protesters and journalists away from May 1 Square.
There are also helicopters hovering overhead.
The protester also said that pro-Bouteflika youths have been bused in to counter the protesters.
10:07am This video, shot by an Al Jazeera crew driving through Algiers this morning, shows riot police preparing for today's protests.
9:45am While protests are yet to get underway, hundreds of police officers have taken positions at the May 1 Square. They are equipped with riot gear.
8:44am Al Jazeera correspondent Dima Khatib tweets that protesters in Algeria appear divided on whether or not to march today, because the march has been called by controversial opposition politician Said Saidi.
7:21am Estimates on the number of people who took part in last week's protest differ, with officials saying 1,500 took part, while organisers put the number closer to 10,000. What is for certain, however, is that protesters were vastly outnumbered by riot police, with estimates putting their numbers at around 25,000.
6:16am A week after thousands of riot police blocked their path, Algerian pro-democracy protesters are set to hold a march from May 1 Square in the capital Algiers. Another march has also been called in the Mediterranean city of Oran.
The National Coordination for Change and Democracy (CNCD), an umbrella group for the political opposition, human rights groups and trade unions, is leading the call for the protests.
Posters have appeared overnight across Algiers. "Don't march on my tranquility and freedom," reads one. Another appeals for residents of May 1 Square to fly Algerian flags from their balconies in a show of support.
February 15, 2011
5:36am Hundreds of youths clashed last night with security forces during protests in the northern Algerian town of Akbou, the BBC reports.
Police reportedly used tear gas and batons to drive back crowds protesting over unemployment. About 30 people, most of them protesters, were hurt.
12.00am Cartoonists are among those who have been inspired by the Egyptian revolution and its seeming domino effect on the rest of the region.
Mike Flugennock created this cartoon that was featured on the Cartoon Movement website:
February 14, 2011
12:31pm EU Parliament chief condemns Algeria crackdown
9:39am Reuters news agency is reporting that Mourad Medelci, Algeria's foreign minister has said that the 19-year-old state of emergency in Algeria will end within days.
"In the coming days, we will talk about it as if it was a thing of the past," Medelci told the French radio station Europe 1 in an interview.
4:22am Will governments in both Algeria and Yemen face the same sort of uprising as in Tunisia and Egypt? Michael Binyon, a foreign affairs specialist for The Times newspaper in London, tells Al Jazeera that while Yemen's government may face pressure, the situation in Algeria is different.
12:00am We continue our live blog of February 13 here.