- Title: Hundreds of Algerians protest against proposed energy law
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: ALGIERS, ALGERIA (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS SCUFFLING WITH RIOT POLICE NEAR PARLIAMENT POLICE STANDING BEHIND RAILING PUSHING PROTESTERS BACK WOMAN UNFURLING ALGERIAN FLAG FROM WALKWAY, PROTESTERS CHANTING BELOW EXTERIOR OF NATIONAL POPULAR ASSEMBLY HEADQUARTERS / PROTESTER HOLDING A PLACARD READING (French): "OUR LAND ISN'T FOR SALE" / PROTESTERS CHANTING SLOGANS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, MALIKA, SAYING: "We are here because of hydrocarbons law, we are against the new hydrocarbons law and the parliament must fall, and they leave all, we are here peacefully." PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): "PEOPLE WANT INDEPENDENCE" / PLACARD READING (Arabic): "HYDROCARBONS LAW IS A BRIBE SO THE GANG COULD STAY" PLACARD READING (Arabic): "DON'T SELL HYDROCARBONS LAW, MILITARY GENERALS ARE SELLING THE COUNTRY TO SERVE THEIR CHILDREN'S INTEREST, YOU BETRAYED THE MARTYRS AND THE COUNTRY / 50,000 EXECUTIVES HAVE THE FRENCH NATIONALITY" POLICE STANDING NEXT TO POLICE VEHICLES, ACROSS FROM PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): "THE TRAITORS SOLD IT (ALGERIA)" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, HAMID, SAYING: "All parliament members are traitors; none of them represent the people." PROTESTERS HOLDING LARGE ALGERIAN FLAG AND CHANTING PROTESTER HOLDING PLACARD READING (Arabic): "ILLEGITIMATE PARLIAMENT YOU DON'T REPRESENT PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU ARE TRAITORS" PROTESTERS CHANTING (Arabic): "PEOPLE WANT TO REMOVE THE PARLIAMENT" POLICE WATCHING PROTESTERS PROTESTERS GATHERED IN STREET CHANTING, AS SEEN FROM ABOVE
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 16:45
- Keywords: Algeria protest hydrocarbon law Algiers energy law
- Location: ALGIERS, ALGERIA
- City: ALGIERS, ALGERIA
- Country: Algeria
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0XKRBB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hundreds of Algerians protested in front of parliament on Sunday (October 13) against a proposed energy law that they said the caretaker government had no right to pass.
The new law is aimed at attracting foreign investors to help Algeria strengthen its energy output, but would maintain a 49% limit on foreign ownership if passed into law by parliament.
Protesters said the law was intended by the caretaker government to secure the support of Western countries in a standoff over mass protests that have rocked Algeria for months. The government did not immediately comment.
The weekly mass protests since February have toppled veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika and forced the authorities to detain many senior officials on corruption charges.
(Production: Abdelaziz Boumzar, Thawab Herzallah)
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