German criticism after Algerian police crush pro-democracy demo
Germany criticized Algiers on Saturday after police baton-charged demonstrators there, with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle appealing to Algerian authorities to "renounce all forms of violence", dpa reported.
Speaking in Tunis, where he had just met with the acting Tunisian prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, Westerwelle said, "We are betting that reason will prevail."
He urged Algeria not to use force against "freedom-loving people."
Algerian police on Saturday quashed pro-democracy demonstrations in the capital Algiers and other cities.
Westerwelle was in Tunisia to meet with the new pro-democracy authorities after strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in January.