Coming attractions

Considering that Wall St. has moved its attentions to the commodities market, I expect this is only a matter of time:

Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in continuing protests in Algeria, as the government meets to discuss ways of halting the rising food costs and unemployment that have sparked the unrest.

At least 300 of the 400 people injured in the riots were police officers, Dahou Oul Kablia , Algeria’s interior minister, said on national radio on Saturday.

One of the two men killed was named as 18-year-old Azzedine Lebza. He was shot dead in Ain Lahdjel in the M’Sila region, 300km from Algiers, the capital.

“He died in an attempt to break into a police station,” Kablia said, confirming the incident reported earlier by the Arab-language daily El Khabar.

A second demonstrator was killed on Friday in Bou Smail, a small town 50km west of Algiers, he said.

“He was picked up in the street, wounded. A pathologist said he had died from wounds to the head, but the cause of death has not yet been established.”

[…] Algeria has seen three days of unrest over the rising costs of living and unemployment, which government figures show standing at about 10 per cent, but which independent organisations put closer to 25 per cent.

Hmm. Just like us!