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High Prices Spark Protests in Algeria

Youths clash with police officers in the El Harrache district of Algiers after prices were increased on basic food staples, Jan 6, 2011

Riots have broken out in the capital of Algeria because of soaring food prices.

Protesters set fires and hurled stones at police in Algiers late Wednesday and Thursday. Security officers responded with tear gas.

Tensions remained high in the capital's neighborhood of Bab el-Oued on Thursday, where security officers patrolled the streets.

The violence erupted after price hikes were enacted for basic items, such as sugar, flour and oil.