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Protests against shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara have intensified over the past couple of weeks, despite Algiers attempting to draw a line under the issue.
On 28 February demonstrations near the oil town of In Salah – site of recent, and according to the Algerian authorities, successful, shale drilling – turned into violent clashes between protesters and police forces outside facilities run by US-based company Halliburton.
When protesters approached Halliburton’s compound the police fired tear gas and arrested at least a dozen. About 20 protesters were injured. According to private daily El-Watan, about 4,000 protesters returned on 2 March to In Salah’s main Somoud Square, a symbolic rallying point, after being expelled the night before.
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