Police clash with protesters in Algiers
Algerian security forces have clashed with thousands of pro-democracy protesters and arrested scores of opposition supporters in Algeria's capital, Press TV reported.
Clashes erupted after police prevented thousands of protesters from heading to Martyrs' Square. The rally called for political reforms and a change of government.
This comes after protests in the Kabylie region left eight dead and hundreds of others wounded.
Protesters also demanded the government lift the 20-year state of emergency and release prisoners arrested during last month's riots. The government has banned protests in the capital Algiers since 2001.
Inspired by the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Algeria's opposition group Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD) and other political groups are calling for change.
The Algerian government has beefed up security in the capital to stamp out any attempt to stage an Egypt-style revolution.