Algerians protesting against the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have staged huge demonstrations in the capital, Algiers, and other cities. Riot police fired tear gas to prevent protesters reaching a road leading to the presidential palace, but the rallies were mostly peaceful. Local reports said nearly 200 people were detained by the security forces. A wave of unrest began last month after Mr Bouteflika announced he would seek a fifth term in office in April.
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