300 join public lunch to protest mandatory Ramadan fast in Algeria

published on August 4, 2013

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — About 300 people in a restive northern region of Algeria joined a public lunch Saturday during Ramadan to protest what they say is persecution of people who refuse to observe the religious fast.

The protest lunch was highly unusual for North Africa, where people can be arrested for not fasting during the Muslim holy month.

It was held as a demonstration against the decision of security forces to question three young people who were eating outside last week last week in the Kabylie region during the 18-hour daily fasting period.

“We called this gathering to denounce the inquisition and persecution of citizens who, because of their beliefs, refuse to observe the fast,” said Bouaziz Ait Chebib, head of the local Kabylie Autonomy Movement.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/03/algeria-public-lunch-protests-mandatory-fasting/2615263/

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