Thursday, 3 June 2010
Tlemcen (Algérie) : over 300 vehicles torched when 19 year old Moroccan student killed in border chase
translated from Le Parisien, 24.05.2010
The accidental death of a young man running away, in Tlemcen, near the Moroccan border, has sparked unrest in which more than 300 cars were torched, reports the Algerian press on Monday.
According to the newspaper Al Watan, the driver of the vehicle, aged 19, from Morocco, refused to submit to customs inspection and was chased mid-evening on Saturday near the border village of Boukanoun, by Customsvehicles . His car collided head-on with a vehicle in which Customs was blocking his path. The driver was killed instantly while a customs officer was injured in this collision. He had to be hospitalized.
After the deadly chase, nearly a thousand inhabitants of this region, which the victim is from, attacked in the night between Saturday and Sunday, two fleets of customs vehicles, burning a total of 317 cars: 309 vehicles parked in the seizurespark, four of customs departments and four cars. In the process, the fire spread to the headquarters of the Border Police, near the Customs. A score of persons suspected of having taken part in these incidents were arrested by the gendarmerie.
The Algerian-Moroccan border is considered from both sides, as permeable to goods traffic between the two countries, particularly of drugs, the area has always been marked by incidents.
Posted by sysiphus at 02:39