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Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital

Auxiliary police march near the Parliament in Algiers to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security

Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
An auxiliary police brandishes his leg prothesis as he takes part with thousands in a march near the Parliament in Algiers on March 7, 2011 to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
The demonstrators decided to march on the National Assembly after a delegation of around a dozen of their representatives returned empty-handed from a meeting with prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia, some of them said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
The protesters, estimated by organisers to number around 20,000 and 10,000 across the country by reporters, braved a ban on demonstrations in the capital and pushed through several police cordons to move from Martyrs Square to the National Assembly (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
They were quickly surrounded by regular police dispatched to the scene of the protest (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
Two policemen stands as the Algerian national flag flies durign a march of thousands of auxiliary police near the Parliament in Algiers on March 7, 2011 to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
Thousands of auxiliary police march near the Parliament in Algiers on March 7, 2011 to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
Thousands of auxiliary police clash with policemen as they march near the Parliament in Algiers on March 7, 2011 to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country (AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of Algerian police protest in country's capital
Policemen try to contain thousands of auxiliary police marching towards the Parliament in Algiers on March 7, 2011 to demand a pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country (AFP/Getty Images)