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Algerian police violently disperse doctors' protest

Algerian police violently disperse doctors' protest
From Al Jazeera - January 4, 2018

Human rights groups have condemned the Algerian police for violently dispersing a sit-in organised by resident doctors in Algiers, who have been protesting for weeks over poor working conditions.

Images posted on social media show Algerian medical residents, who are still in training but serve as general practitioners in hospitals,with bloodied faces being helped away from the protest at CHU Mustapha Bacha, a university hospital in the capital, on Wednesday.

"We denounce the repression of the protest," said Amnesty International's Algeria branch, in a briefstatement.

"The right to free expression and peaceful protest is guaranteed by the Algerian constitution."

Local media said several residents were injured in the violence, while videos shared on Facebook showed police, dressed in riot gear and shields, striking the protesters with batons.

The Casbah Tribune reported that one injured resident remains in hospital with a subdural hematoma, bleeding in the brain often caused by severe head injuries.

Eight residents were also arrested, but they have all been released, the news website said.

Organised by the Autonomous Medical Residents Collective (CAMRA, according to its French acronym), the sit-in drew dozens of medical staff from across Algeria, who chanted slogans outside the hospital.

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