People living in a shanty town in the Algerian capital have clashed with police for a second night in a row over housing conditions. At least nine officers were injured as protesters in the Diar Echams suburb threw stones and fire bombs at them. Clashes first erupted on Oct. 19, as residents of the district demanded that the city authorities include them on a list of those eligible for re-housing. A large security presence in Algiers means such violent unrest is rare. About 400 police officers used tear gas and water canon to break up the demonstration. Residents said they were protesting against squalid conditions in the working class suburb and calling for the city authorities to provide them with new homes. (BBC)

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