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Environmental movement blocks fracking in Algeria’s remote south

Environmental movement blocks fracking in Algeria’s remote south

Borzou Daragahi in Cairo for FINANCIAL TIMES.

An unprecedented environmental protest movement in a remote part of Algeria has disrupted the country’s multibillion-dollar shale programme and is making political waves across the north African nation and the wider region.

Since the start of January, thousands of protesters have turned up daily in the rural town of Ain Salah, in the heart of the Sahara, to take part in increasingly raucous rallies against a $70bn hydraulic fracturing project they say will pollute the groundwater and disturb the environment.

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