Algerian communal guards mount protest march
Some 5,000 Algerian communal guards marched 50 km from Blida towards the capital on Monday (July 9th) to demand pay rises and other benefits, Liberte reported. The protestors are also demanding the option of joining the ranks of the police or the gendarmerie.
"We want the same benefits as the troops and the security forces taking part in the struggle" against armed groups, AFP quoted protestor Lahlou Aliouat as saying.
In March of 2011, thousands of communal guards rallied in Algiers to protest the government decision to phase out the paramilitary body.
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