After Egypt, Algeria burns; internet, FB blocked

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Algiers, Feb 13: As the pressure mounts on the Algerian government after the populist revolt, Western media reported that the President Abdelaziz Boutifleka ordered to shut down the internet service providers and to delete the Facebook accounts across Algeria.

The Telegraph reported that users are unable to access the internet in different parts of Algeria. This Arab League nation situated in North Africa has been witnessing anti-government protesters since Saturday, Feb 12, followed by the successful democratic revolution in Egypt which led to the ousting of ex-President Hosni Mubarak.

Credit to Egyptians first, next to FB, Twitter

More than 2,000 pro-democracy demonstrators gathered in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, demanding the resignation of President Abdelaziz Boutifleka. Government deployed around 30,000 riot police to suppress the revolution, which is called as "February 12 Revolution."

Algerian government blocked internet to prevent the spread of protest to other parts of the country. During the uprising in Egypt and Tunisia, internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter played a major role in mobilising the protest.

Algerian demonstrators started revolt against the suppressive regime of President Abdelaziz Boutifleka due to the government corruption, massive unemployment, housing problems and poverty.

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