Algeria police prevent anti-shale gas protest | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Algeria police prevent anti-shale gas protest

Riot police prevented a protest in the Algerian capital Tuesday against state energy giant Sonatrach's controversial exploitation of shale gas in the southern desert.

Sonatrach announced plans last month to invest at least $70 billion (62 billion euros) over the next 20 years to exploit the gas despite huge public opposition in the In Salah area of the central Sahara, where successful test drilling was announced in December.

Schools, businesses and public offices in the region closed over concerns about possible environmental consequences, and demonstrations have been taking place regularly for two months.

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