Salafists protested on Friday against government plans to reopen synagogues which were closed for security reasons during Algeria's civil war of the 1990s. After weekly Friday prayers at Al-Mouminine mosque in the poor Belcourt district of Algiers, dozens of worshippers tried to march in the streets but were blocked by police, an AFP journalist reported.
"No to the Judaization of Algeria!" and "Muslim Algeria!" were among slogans chanted by the demonstrators, who also condemned Israel's defensive operation in Gaza.