One of the owners of the Youkous mineral water factory in eastern Algeria opened fire on protesters.
Rabat – Thirteen people received injuries when an owner of the Youkous mineral water factory in eastern Algeria opened fire on protesters condemning lack of access to water.
AFP reported that the owner had opened fire to disperse protests. Auxiliary forces took the 13 wounded people to the hospital after police intervention.
AFP said that clashes escalated in the town of Hammamest after authorities gave the company the right to bottle the water from a spring in the area.
Security services said that protesters set fire to tires and one water truck in front of the factory.
The demonstrations against lack of drinking water come on the heel of a growing popular movement against the current government.
Since February 22, Algerians have been rallying in the streets calling for a radical regime change against all loyalists to former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Despite the resignation of several officials, Algerians are continuing their protests, calling for the resignation of all elites connected to the former regime.
Algerians are also threatening to boycott the July 4 elections, believing that the current government has “frauds that cannot hold honest elections.”