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Is Algeria Next? 400 Arrested in Riots

As Mubarak steps down in Egypt, protesters take to the streets in Algeria and Yemen.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/12/2011, 11:47 PM / Last Update: 2/12/2011, 11:50 PM

Protesters took to the streets in Algeria and Yemen on Saturday, just hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation. In both countries, the demonstrations were shut down.

In Algeria, riot police put a stop to a demonstration calling for the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Local human rights groups reported that 400 people were arrested.

Algeria, like Egypt, Tunisia and much of the Middle East, is suffering from a mix of high food prices, widespread poverty, and high unemployment. The government has responded to demonstrations by banning public protests.

In Sanaa, Yemen, an estimated 2,000 protesters called to oust the government. The protesters were attacked by pro-government mobs armed with knives and clubs.

Protesters accused security forces of doing nothing to stop the attack.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has promised to resign when his term is over in 2013. However, as happened in Egypt, demonstrations calling for his immediate resignation have continued despite his promise to relinquish power in the future.