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Berbers Protest Oppression
03 Jun 2001
Resistance to governmental violence is also trans-national.
Over the past weeks hundreds of thousands have demonstrated in Algeria for greater rights for the Berber minority, sparked by the killing of a Berber teenager by police. After days of continuous rioting in the Kabylie region, as well as a march of 200,000 in Algiers, the death toll was estimated at 80 by independent sources, and the army seemed poised intervene.
It is unclear how the recent violence will affect the ongoing conflict between the secular government and Islamic insurgents, who often recruit in underprivileged communities like the Berbers. The government has been accused of using the volatile situation as an excuse to persecute its opponents. Over 100,000 people have been killed since 1992, when elections were called off as Islamic factions were about to take power.
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05 Jun 2001
I believe the Berbers are actually generally less religous then the Arabic population. They are also the majority, and not a minority, unless I'm mistaken.