They must have seen how well it worked in Egypt. Islamic supremacists were denied the fruits of an election victory some years ago in Algeria; now is their chance again. “Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts,” by Nabila Ramdani in the Telegraph, February 12 (thanks to Block Ness):
Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations.
Plastic bullets and tear gas were used to try and disperse large crowds in major cities and towns, with 30,000 riot police taking to the streets in Algiers alone.
There were also reports of journalists being targeted by state-sponsored thugs to stop reports of the disturbances being broadcast to the outside world.
But it was the government attack on the internet which was of particular significance to those calling for an end to President Abdelaziz Boutifleka’s repressive regime….