Police and protesters at rally in Algiers
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Big crowds attend rally in Algeria

Thousands of people pour into the Algerian capital for a pro-democracy rally, defying a government ban on demonstrations.

Thousands of people defied a government ban on demonstrations and poured into the Algerian capital for a pro-democracy rally, one day after mass protests prompted Egypt's president to step down.

An estimated 10,000 people flooded into Algiers, where they skirmished with riot police attempting to block off streets and disperse the crowd.

Protesters chanted slogans including "no to the police state" and "Bouteflika out," a reference to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999.